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Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Studies

Course type


Course Summary

The MMus in Music is aimed at graduates from Music or Popular Music courses and those already active -- or starting to become active -- in the professional realm. This Masters’ level course offers a dual emphasis on Music Performance and Music Performance Studies, aiming to develop your knowledge and critical awareness of current trends and opportunities in the professional practice of music and musical performance. Areas of focus may include:

  • music performance
  • composition and songwriting
  • analysis and musicology
  • musical leadership, direction and conducting

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of a variety of topical viewpoints in music performance, pedagogy and musicology, taking an independent and holistic perspective.

2. Develop analytical, critical, evaluative and creative skills appropriate to performing musicians, music teachers or academics, through a selection of appropriate methodologies and technologies.

3. Apply techniques of critical discourse relating musical text to sounding performance through a systematic understanding of historical, compositional, sociological, musicological, philosophical and literary theories.

4. Explore, develop and refine problem-solving techniques for music performance, from the technical to the expressive, in a wide range of performance environments and situations.

5. Analyse features of style in performance and synthesise and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources to arrive at valid concepts of authenticity and artifice.

6. Exercise personal autonomy in learning and performance situations through effective self-management, working in both individual and team scenarios.

Career path

The course will equip teachers, performers and music graduates with a diverse range of skills and the experience to enhance their career prospects. You will develop practical, critical, analytical and research skills from studying a broad spectrum of repertoire and literature.

You will acquire transferable skills relevant for pursuing a research degree and a range of employment opportunities in areas such as the professional music industry, education (secondary/FE), music retail, community music, self-employment, freelance performing, arts administration, research assistantships/studentships, and employment in HE institutions.

Students will also achieve PgCert, PgDip and University Statement of Credit University Statement of Credit awards in this course.

Different course options

Full time | Walsall Campus | 12 months | 23-SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



Performing Music (40 Credits) - Core
SongWriting and Composing: The Creative Product (20 Credits) - Core
Major Project (60 Credits) - Core
Pedagogical Processesin Music (20 Credits) - Core
Shaping Music in Performance (20 Credits) - Core
Professional Practice (20 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will need a good degree in Music or Popular Music, with strengths in Music Performance and/or Music Performance Studies. All students will be interviewed/auditioned to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course. Candidates will be considered with a significant track record of professional experience in a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree. To do this, non-standard applicants in this category will be interviewed, and may be asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more