Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in music or a related subject.

Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.

For the Education pathway, you’ll need to submit one sample of written work. This should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words on musicological or music education question of your choice.

You’ll also need to submit both: (1) a short (up to 7 minutes) sample of recorded teaching (such as a one-on-one lesson, a workshop, or a lecture); and (2) a short (up to 3 minutes) recording of yourself performing a piece of music of your choice.

Finally, you’ll need to submit a short (up to 500 words) personal statement giving your reasons for wanting to study music education – both in general and specifically at Southampton – and identifying potential research topics.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MMus Music Education degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of music education. You’ll study current trends in musicological method and critical practice; key research skills in music education; a range of instrumental teaching techniques, styles and methods the technique; history and repertoire of your instrument or voice, and associated performance techniques.

Our academic staff are internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers, and established composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music and jazz. These world-leading experts offer you intensive one-to-one tuition in music history, culture and performance.

You’ll work towards a final project in the form of either an extended essay or a portfolio of recorded lessons accompanied by a written commentary. We’ll work with you to create a portfolio of work that’s relevant to your career aspirations. You’ll be ready to continue your research at a doctoral level, work in the music industry or wider cultural sector, become a teacher and work as a freelance musician.

Our Digital Humanities facilities will also allow you to study and research through cutting edge technology, such as virtual reality, 3D scanners and printers, and a 360 degree fully immersive audiovisual centre.

Information for international students

English Language Requirement: 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

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources. Please check the website for more information.

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 4732