Taught course

Music Performance MMus

University of Huddersfield · School of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

You are required to have a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree from a recognised University or equivalent institution. Your application materials (or previous qualifications ) and live audition (or documentation of your performance) should be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of performance and instrumental/vocal/other technique. Auditions should comprise of two contrasting pieces, one of which should relate to the your proposed specialism in performance.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is designed to enable you to pursue music performance at an advanced level, allowing you to specialise in particular areas and genres of music performance as well as develop your skills as a rounded and expert performer. You will do so as part of a vibrant, stimulating and energetic community for music performance at the University of Huddersfield.

As well as advancing your technical skills and confidence as a performer, you will work to gain a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the repertoire you perform, develop your intellectual and creative skills required for a high level of performance, and apply research skills with a view to making an original contribution to the professional context of music performance.

You may choose to specialise in the following areas, reflecting and drawing upon the expertise within Music and Music Technology at the University of Huddersfield:

  • Brass Band performance
  • Choral Conducting
  • Conducting (1 place per year)
  • Historically Informed Performance
  • Improvisation
  • New Music Performance
  • Organ Studies
  • Piano Accompaniment
  • Popular Music performance

Alternatively, you may also select to pursue a broad programme of study within classical music.

Staff teaching on the MMus Music Performance are themselves active as performers, as soloists and ensemble members, giving regular live concerts and releasing recordings to international critical acclaim. We offer expert instrumental/vocal tuition appropriate to the specialisms from tutors who are experienced and highly regarded in their fields.

Music at the University of Huddersfield has an international reputation, and hosts what is possibly the largest postgraduate community in music in the world. All students on the course will be part of the Research Centre for Performance Practices (ReCePP) which acts as a focus for staff and postgraduate community of performers in Music and Drama. ReCePP encourages Performance-as-Research and Performance Studies research across a range of disciplines. As well as being active as performers, all performance staff are leading researchers in fields of performance practice and performance studies. ReCePP maintains strong connections with other research centres, including the Centre for Research in New Music CeReNeM and the Centre for Music, Culture and Identity which provides a focus for musicological research in the department.

The University presents regular concerts throughout the academic year, hosting a wide variety of professional performers across a range of genres and styles. Additionally the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Electric Spring offer performances given by leading practitioners within the field of new music.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1484 257054