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

Where can I study my course?


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.

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.

Fees and funding

UK students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) on-site: Scottish/EU £520; Rest of UK £650
International students
In 2016/17 per module (20 credits) on-site: International £1080

Please see the course website

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

UHI Information Line
0845 272 3600