Entry requirements

A good honours degree (2:2 or higher) in music, or equivalent academic or professional experience. Applicants must be able to show that their background in their chosen independent study is sufficient for development at postgraduate level.

The selection of entrants is normally based on audition or interview in the School of Creative Arts and Industries. Performance audition programmes should be approximately 20 minutes long, and demonstrate the breadth of your command of style and technique. Portfolios of creative or academic work should be of comparable scope and submitted in advance of interview.

If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Months of entry


Course content

If you want to take your musical knowledge to the highest level then our MMus is the place to start.

The course will develop your technical, conceptual and critical skills, allowing you to specialise in performance, composition and/or musicology, guided by internationally-renowned staff and supported by stunning facilities. With the MMus under your belt you'll be perfectly placed to pursue PhD study if you wish.

What's more the course is designed to be flexible enough to fit around work or caring commitments, with on-site teaching focused on just one day of the week.

The curriculum is designed to take your specialisms to an advanced level, including undertaking an extensive independent practical project or dissertation of your choosing, while developing a keen sense of context for those fields.

Situated halfway between London and mainland France, Canterbury is a UNESCO World Heritage City with a tradition of innovation in music. The choral tradition stretches back 1400 years; in the 1960s and 70s, the city became famous for the progressive rock of the Canterbury Scene, and trailblazing electronic composer Daphne Oram taught at Canterbury Christ Church University in the 1980s.

Contemporary Canterbury is now bustling with musical life: a scene of internationally-recognised bands including Syd Arthur and Jack Hues and the Quartet; Free Range, a weekly series of experimental sound, music and poetry events; The Crash of the Moons club featuring the best new bands, the Wintersound festival for new music and sound and the City Sound Project, featuring the best in urban music.

Music at Canterbury Christ Church University boasts a dynamic, internationally-active staff, who have performed all over the world, including The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, Abbey Road Studios, Tate Modern, The National Theatre and for the FA Cup Final. Our staff and students have gone onto work with Sam Smith, have won a BAFTA for innovative game sound, and won BASCA Composer of the Year for Sonic Art. In addition to the dynamic music community, you will have the opportunity to work alongside students specialising in Game Design, Radio, Film and TV, Dance, Drama and Technical Theatre. Canterbury is a small city with a huge potential for you to make your mark. In short: we are starting a new Canterbury Scene full of creative musicians and we’d like you to be part of it.

Information for international students

Canterbury Christ Church University welcomes applications from International Students. For more information please visit our website.

Fees and funding

For up to date fee and loan information please visit our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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