Taught course

MMus Music/MMus Music: Continued Professional Development

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Music

Entry requirements

UK Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1) or equivalent.

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications and experience will also be considered.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.5 with 7.0 in writing and no subscore below 5.5 for non-native English speaking applicants.

Months of entry


Course content

Providing a balance of broad-based study and specialist training, this Masters course is designed to meet your needs whether you wish to specialise as preparation for future research or take a more varied set of options as a stand along qualification.

Offering four distinct pathways in Composition, Ethnomusicology, Musicology, or Performance, the course allows you to take the initiative in constructing your own study programme with options in areas such as multimedia and film music, performance studies, historical musicology, and acoustic and electronic composition.

You will come away well-versed and well-practised in whatever discipline you choose, verbally and technically fluent, fully conversant with a broad range of issues of concern in current musical and musicological endeavour and able to present your ideas orally, in writing, and through performance and composition.

• Join one of the largest postgraduate Music communities in the UK (with more than 50 research students and 20 MA students each year)

• We are ranked third in the UK for research quality (REF 2014) and the only music department in the country to hold a prestigious Regius Professorship.

• You will have access to well-equipped studios and recording facilities, including a Disklavier, as well as incredible performance spaces including the Windsor Auditorium, Boilerhouse Theatre, Victorian Picture Gallery and College Chapel.

• Be a part of our creative campus. Choose from a wide range of performance opportunities including a wide range of orchestras and choirs, including the Royal Holloway Symphony Orchestra and Chapel Choir of Royal Holloway, as well as ensembles, music groups and student led music societies.

Our department also offers the more relaxed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) mode of study where students with ongoing professional careers take modules over a four or five-year period. Here, the Core Course is taken in the first year and the Special Study in the last.

Fees and funding

See our Postgraduate fees and funding pages to find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

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

Music MMus CPD option is over 5 years.

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0)1784 443540