Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

We may accept other undergraduate degrees in a related subject, depending on your experience.

Provide a portfolio with your application

When you apply you'll need to provide a portfolio in the form of a video. It must include two contrasting pieces of different styles and eras that demonstrate your expressive and technical flexibility. Classical singers should choose works in two different languages. The portfolio should be approximately 20 minutes and can be uploaded in separate videos.

To submit your portfolio, you should do one of the following:

  • Upload your video recordings with your postgraduate online application.
  • Provide an online link to your performance portfolio in your postgraduate online application.

Months of entry


Course content

Develop as a performer with stylistic awareness and an understanding of how to prepare for the concert platform and take part in a public recital at the end of your course in September.

Course description

This course is designed to help you build the stylistic awareness and advanced techniques to perform music at concert level.

Through workshops, masterclasses and one-to-one lessons with specialist tutors, you will hone your abilities as both a solo and ensemble performer, culminating in a public recital at the end of your course. You can either choose to take a piano performance pathway or instrumental performance pathway.

You will have the opportunity to engage in modules that develop your understanding of performance as a research informed discipline, whilst also having the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with students from other programmes.

The department plays an important role in Sheffield's thriving cultural life, and students have frequent opportunities to perform for the University of Sheffield Concerts, a concert series that hosts varied performances from world-wide professional musicians throughout the year.

Sheffield is celebrated as one of the UK's leading music cities, with dozens of major venues. The city benefits from regular visits from the Halle and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras, the nationally important Music in the Round chamber music organisation, and a rich programme of musicals, ballets and operas at the Crucible and Lyceum theatres. Sheffield is particularly known for its folk scene. Our students regularly take part in gigs at smaller venues across the city, as well as the Yellow Arch Studios.

How to apply

You can choose to take a piano performance pathway or an instrumental performance pathway. Please select the relevant course when you apply:

  • MA Music Performance Studies (Piano) MUST73
  • MA Music Performance Studies MUST64

You'll need to provide a portfolio with your application.


We are an All-Steinway School.

Information for international students

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

University funding and scholarships opportunities are available each year. Please check the department funding webpages for music specific scholarships. Department scholarships details are released in the January prior to the start of your course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    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

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 0495