The programme is designed to prepare graduates for a performing career in the music profession. Applications are welcome from solo instrumentalists, singers, accompanists and chamber ensembles.
Based in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, which has a long tradition in the provision of performing arts education, the programme aims to facilitate the artistic, intellectual and creative development of students by providing an integrated and structured programme with performance experience in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts, underpinned by complementary academic, research and professional studies.
Programme Title and Award
Master of Music (Performance) MMus (Performance) with Classifications of: First Class Honours; Second Class Honours, Upper Division; Second Class Honours, Lower Division
Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes
The programme aims to provide a postgraduate qualification in performance for:
applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree in music with a high level of performance and aspire towards a professional career in performance
applicants who have professional performing experience and wish to pursue further study in their chosen area
The programme is designed to:
refine and develop individual performance artistry as an instrumentalist/singer/accompanist/chamber musician in a wide range of solo and ensemble contexts.
develop creative skills and professional attitudes to enable engagement and collaboration in the music-making process to meet the demands of the performing profession at the highest levels.
integrate professional level performance studies with the development of advanced skills in analytical and research skills, critical reflection and communication, with particular emphasis on performance practice.
provide a programme of study tailored to the needs of the individual student, with supporting specialist modules of professional relevance and career preparation.
Programme Delivery Pathways:
Two pathways have been introduced to the programme to meet the demands of two different student profiles. The two-year full-time programme will be the main progression route from undergraduate programmes in performance. The Advanced Entry pathway is designed for established professional musicians who wish to accredit and reflect upon their practice.
Full Time - 2 Years, September to June each year (120ECTS)
Advanced Entry Pathway
Full Time - 1 Year, September to September (90ECTS).
Part Time - 2 Years, September to June each year (90ECTS).
Please note that all applicants apply to the programme on the Standard Pathway. Admission to the Advanced Entry Pathway is only confirmed after the audition/interview.
Suitable applicants will be invited to the Conservatory to undertake an audition and interview.
See AUDITION REQUIREMENTS for further details.
A student who successfully completes all modules on the MMus (Performance) programme will be conferred with the degree of Master of Music (Performance) with Honours.
An exit award of Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Performance) may be conferred upon a candidate completing 60 ECTS.
See current STUDENT HANDBOOK for further details.