Taught course

Music (Creative Practice)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a first or 2.1 honours degree, with music being a prominent part.

Approved equivalent qualifications or experience will be considered, particularly in the case of overseas students and candidates with less conventional educational backgrounds.

Applicants will be required to support their application with a sample of their work.

Months of entry


Course content

The Creative Practice pathway of the MMus Music programme is designed for creative musicians who cannot easily separate performance and composition in their work, for example, musicians working in improvised music, singer-songwriters or those interested in live electronics.

You will take two compulsory research training modules, after which teaching and study progress from closely taught modules designed to secure and extend your technique to more autonomous, project-based learning opportunities.

Having completed the Postgraduate Diploma stage you will progress to Masters stage and submit a final portfolio of work. This portfolio will likely feature a combination of live performance and composition.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time students must study at least two taught technical modules per academic year.

Example module listing

The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

  • Research Training for Practitioners A
  • Research Training for Practitioners B
  • Conducting A
  • Conducting B
  • Advanced Conducting
  • Composition A
  • Studio Techniques
  • Performance A
  • Orchestral Management 1
  • Rock Track Poetics
  • African American Music
  • Historical Performance Practice
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Contemporary Issues in the Cultural Industries
  • English Music from Elgar to Britten
  • Synthesis and Music Programming
  • Composition B
  • Screen Music Studies
  • Performance B
  • Conducting B
  • Orchestral Management 2
  • Digital Music Improvisation 2
  • Anglo Celtic Song Traditions
  • Jazz Studies 2
  • Opera Studies
  • Baroque Fugue in Practice
  • Applied Music 2
  • Musical Theatre

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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