Taught course

MMus Master of music (MMus) (Performance, Composition, Musicology, Music Education)

University of Southampton · School of Humanities

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Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Music or a cognate discipline

Months of entry


Course content

Do you want to know how great film scores were composed? Are you interested in the ideas behind musical performances? Are you be able to inspire your students through your own experience of performance? Expand your knowledge of the components and aspects of music with the MMus Music (Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Education) at the University of Southampton and enhance your musical talents. This flexible MMus programme will teach you the elements of musical performance, the latest strategies in Music Education, as well as the different genres of music. Gaining this experience across a variety of modules and thanks to the expertise of our dynamic staff will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with four pathways: musicology, performance, music education and composition. All four pathways can be used as professional training for themselves, or as preparation for PhD study. Students in our MMus programme benefit from intensive one-to-one instruction with world-leading experts in music history, cultural studies of music, performance studies and analysis; internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers; and prominent composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (including film, television and video game music) and jazz.

The MMus programme in music provides a flexible course of study. Its goal is a professional research project, recital, composition or education portfolio. Tutors work with each student from the outset of the course to form a portfolio relevant to the student's specific professional aims, whether further research at doctoral level, a career in the music industry or the wider cultural sector, or work as a teacher and/or freelance musician. We recognise that music has increasingly become a 'portfolio career' and aim to provide our MMus students with a platform for success in whatever area of music their aspirations lie. Thus the broad modular structure of our programme allows for cross-over between the pathways.

Information for international students

Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 8062