School of Arts and Cultures




This course is primarily a research programme with taught elements. You can study a range of musicological and creative practice topics.

The MMus is a research Master's. It is 12 months full time or 24 months part time. This is a research programme, but there are some taught modules.

The MMus is an excellent foundation for students going on to a PhD. It is also a valuable qualification in its own right. For some the MMus adds a further dimension to their undergraduate degree, in a 3+1 model.

Your studies

The styles or repertories covered during your study can range across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You can focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. Use the elective projects to tailor your studies.


Elective Projects

On the MMus we offer a uniquely flexible way of structuring your work around elective projects.

You'll take three of these in any areas of study related to any area of specialism of members of staff in ICMuS.

Creative practice

There are no set restrictions on what medium or means you use. You're encouraged to explore and embrace new, even prototypical/experimental means of dissemination. 

The emphasis is on:

  • the cultural viability of a project
  • having a clear idea of what it is trying to achieve
  • who (what audience) it is intended for


These projects are taught by a combination of workshops and one-to-one tuition. They're led by one or more of our specialist tutors.

You can choose from a wide spectrum of genres, from classical to jazz to folk and traditional, North Indian music, and many kinds of popular music.


We offer a list of topics that is regularly updated to reflect the research expertise of our members of staff. 

Teaching for these topics is in small groups and tutorials. Some topics are taught by a team of ICMuS staff. Others are taught solely by the topic leader.