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Music - Creative Musicianship - Performance Studies / Composition & Creative Audio / Music & Communities

Develop or refresh your professional practice as a musician in preparation for work in the creative industries and/or further study including PhD.

You can opt for one of three pathways: Performance, Composition and Creative Audio and Music and Communities. Two complementary specialism modules within each pathway place contextual, aesthetic and theoretical study alongside the development of your own practice, familiarising you with recent developments in your specialist field, training you in essential technical, research and communication skills, while providing you with opportunities to put your expertise into practice.

In addition, the research project module provides opportunities for you to conduct your own self-directed projects and/or undertake work outside the university as part of a placement. The music business module affords you the chance to develop practical skills in project planning, and entrepreneurship. The final project allows you to undertake a sustained period of reflective study in a topic related to your chosen specialism, resulting in a dissertation or other text-based submission, a practical piece of education or outreach work, a portfolio of compositions, or a final recital.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the University's minimum entrance requirements and, in addition, a) hold a second-class honours degree or better in music or another relevant discipline from a recognised institution, or b) an equivalent qualification, or c) be able to provide other evidence of ability and experience appropriate to the course. International applicants whose first language is not English must attain either of the following English competence standards:

A written proposal outlining the intended area of individual study (i.e. the Specialism and, ideally, an idea of what the third-semester project might involve) should support the application; all applicants will be interviewed and/or auditioned.

The University will consider applications on the basis of experiential learning for those who do not hold the normal entry qualifications. The onus is on the applicant to evidence that they have relevant experience equating to degree study at honours level.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Exemptions and transferability

Studies pursued and examinations passed in respect of other qualifications awarded by the University or by another university or other educational institution, or evidence from the accreditation of prior experiential learning, may be accepted as exempting candidates from part of the programme provided that

(a) they shall register as students of the University for modules amounting to at least the final third of the credit value of the award at the highest level.

(b) the Final Project module is not exempted for those wishing to complete the MMus award.



Full-time: three semesters (one calendar year in total) for MMus or two semesters for PGDip and PGCert

Currently timetabled as two contact days per week full-time, plus any relevant instrumental/vocal tuition and work in the library.

Part-time: six semesters (two calendar years in total).

Currently timetabled as one contact day per week, plus any relevant instrumental/vocal tuition and work in the library.

Careers or further progression

Career options include further academic or practical study, freelance creative work, community-based education and/or creative work including performance, technical positions in the music industry and teaching.

Further enquiries



Ms Wenli Xu

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3373


Dr Adam Melvin

T: +44 (0)28 7167 5566


Application date

Application is through the University's online application system.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2020/21

Postgraduate Information Session 11 March 2020

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