Taught course


University of the Highlands and Islands · Creative and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree or above (or equivalent); Candidates with an honours degree below 2:1 (or equivalent) may also be considered; Exceptionally, candidates without academic qualifications but with relevant experience may be considered on an individual basis

BA (Hons) in Popular Music or Music Business or Applied Musice. BSc (Hons) Audio Engineering

Months of entry


Course content

The MMus Music will introduce you to the fundamental principles of either research in popular music or composition for film, TV and media. It provides unique and creative approaches to musicology and composition, valuing intellectual curiosity and musical diversity.

The course will help strengthen your ability to utilise independent learning whilst developing original and creative responses to problems and current complex issues. you will have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen pathway in musical study and practice.

Special features

  • The course offers the option to specialise in either: MMus Music (Popular Musicology) or MMus Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)
  • You will gain the key skills and expertise to enable you to make an effective contribution to the creative industries


PgCert Popular Musicology

Core module: Contemporary Musicology: Issues and Analysis
Option modules: Popular Music: Gender and Sexuality; Popular Music: Power and Politics

PgCert Composition for Film, TV and Media

Core modules: Composition Techniques for Film, TV and Media; Arranging, Orchestration and Film Scoring

PgDip Popular Musicology

Core modules: Contemporary Music Journalism; Research in Context: External Engagement
Option modules: Highland Voices - Music and Song; Film, TV and Media Musicology

PgDip Composition for Film, TV and Media

Core module: Composition in Context: External Engagement
Option modules: Music Business for Film Composers; Film, TV, and Media Musicology; Contemporary Post Production Sound Design

To achieve the award of MMus Music (Popular Musicology) you must complete a dissertation.
For the MMus (Composition for Film, TV and Media) you will complete a major project.

This course is available at Perth College UHI, Crieff Road, Perth, PH1 2NX

How to apply

If you want to apply for this postgraduate programme click on the Apply button above which will take you to the relevant course page on our website, from there select our Apply tab to complete the online application.

If you still have any questions please get in touch with our information line by email using the links below or call on 0845 272 3600.

Top five reasons to study at UHI

1. Small class sizes mean that you have a more personal experience of university and receive all the support you need from our expert staff

2. Choice of campuses - from small, rural and island communities, to the busy towns and cities of the region, our 13 friendly, safe campuses offer something for everyone

3. The affordable option - if you already live in the Highlands and Islands you don't have to leave home and incur huge debts to go to university; we're right here on your doorstep

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5. Flexible learning options mean that you can study part time or full time, online from home or work, or at one of our campuses or local learning centres, and fit your study into your life

Information for international students

An exciting and diverse student life awaits our international students. Choose to study in one of the larger urban centres of the region, such as Perth, Inverness or Elgin, or in one of the smaller towns or island communities, including the Western and Northern Isles. https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international

English Language Requirements
Our programmes are taught and examined in English. To make the most of your studies, you must be able to communicate fluently and accurately in spoken and written English and provide certified proof of your competence before starting your course. Please note that English language tests need to have been taken no more than two years prior to the start date of the course. The standard English Language criteria to study at the University of the Highlands and Islands are detailed on our English language requirements page https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/international/how-to-apply-to-uhi/english-language-requirements

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): Scottish/EU on-site £520; Rest of UK on-site £650. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation
International students
In 2017/18 per module (20 credits): International on-site £1080. Masters degree is 6 modules + dissertation

Scholarships relevant to this course are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UHI, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website https://www.uhi.ac.uk/en/studying-at-uhi/first-steps/how-much-will-it-cost/tuition-fees-postgraduate

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600