The MMus programme in music provides a flexible course of study. Its goal is a professional research project, recital or composition portfolio. Tutors work with each student from the outset of the course to form a portfolio relevant to the student's specific professional aims, whether further research at doctoral level, a career in the music industry or the wider cultural sector, or work as a teacher or free-lance musician. We recognise that music has increasingly become a 'portfolio career' and aim to provide our MMus students with a platform for success in whatever area of music their aspirations lie. Thus the broad modular structure of our programme allows for cross-over between the pathways.
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To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.
Application process and required supporting documents
- University online application including a personal statement
- 2 references
- English language (if relevant)
In addition to the above:
- MMus (Musicology Pathway) – Two samples of written work, between 1500 and 2500 words each, on musicological questions of your choosing
- MMus (Composition Pathway) - A sample of 4-6 composition pieces, totalling 40-60 minutes of music. Please send files through https://dropoff.soton.ac.uk
- MMus (Performance Pathway) - A sample of recorded performance. Please send files through https://dropoff.soton.ac.uk
These should be uploaded with your application form and submitted or alternatively sent using the Dropoff service as detailed below. You have a 30 day period once your application is submitted to complete this and you will receive reminder emails of the process. After this your application will automatically be withdrawn from the decision making process.
University of Southampton Dropoff Service: Please follow the instructions and guidelines on the Dropoff page and the Dropoff Instructions in the Useful Downloads section of this page. All files should be addressed via Dropoff to the Admissions Team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062
This programme is divided into 180 credits. 105 credits are obtained from taught modules with the remaining 75 credits relating to the dissertation.
Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)
Start date: September
Funding: AHRC Block Grant; Faculty studentships may be available
Closing date: 1st September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes)
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Typical entry requirements
First- or upper second-class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Music or a cognate discipline
Average applications per place: 4
Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Music or a cognate discipline.
English language entry requirements:
MMus Musicology & Composition
- IELTS 7.0 overall, with minimum of 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading, listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.
Selection process: Online application and audition
Interview may be required on a case by case basis to assess suitability of course
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Typical course content
- Core module: Composition portfolio
- Compulsory modules: Composition seminar, Analytical Techniques, Individual Research Project
- Optional module: Analytical Techniques can be replaced by Individually negotiated topics, Critical Practice or modules from other music pathways or another Humanities MA programme
- Core: Dissertation (20,000 words)
- Compulsory modules: Analytical Techniques; Critical Practice in Musicology; Research skills 1 and 2, Individual Research Project
- Optional modules: Analytical Techniques can be replaced by negotiated topics or modules from other music pathways or another Humanities MA programme
- Core: Professional Recital 2
- Compulsory modules: Elements of musical performance; Performance teaching seminar; Professional recital 1, Individual Research Project
- Optional module: Analytical Techniques and Performance teaching seminar can be replaced by Individually Negotiated Topic, or another Humanities MA module.
- Different core and option modules apply for the different pathways. These are shown by letters after the module codes. M = Musicology, P = Performance and C = Composition
- By special arrangement Performance pathway students may choose MUSI6026 in Semester One although this will result in a high workload
- Students may take a 'free elective' for all music pathways - they should contact MMus Convenor if they wish to take a non-Music option
- MUSI6035 Individual Research Project is Compulsory for all MMUs pathways, but students can choose whether to take the module in Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Therefore it is listed below in both semesters, but this does not mean it is started in Semester 1 and contuined into Semester 2).
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.
In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:
|Printing and copying||Where possible, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently:
A4 - 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour)
A3 - 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour)
Please Note: Paper sizes not recognised by the printing devices will prompt you to select the size and then charge a minimum of 50p per black and white copy and a maximum of £1 per colour copy.
You can pay for your printing by using the money loaders or by using print copy payment service by going to http://www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing-for-students.page
The University Print Centre also offers a printing and copying service as well as a dissertation/binding service. Current printing and copying costs can be found here. They also provide a large format printing service, e.g. Academic posters. Details of current costs can be found here.||£0.05-1.00|
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Very few Music lecturers insist that students purchase specific set texts. Copies of set texts are made available in Hartley Library, if necessary in the reference-only "course collection" or on short-term loan. Students may wish to own copies of recommended books but are free to choose which to buy and which to borrow.
Some lecturers prepare course handbooks for the modules they are teaching. These are generally made available free of charge to students taking the modules. For unusually bulky handbooks there may be a charge to pay -- never more than £10.00 per copy.
Music software packages are available for licensed use at designated university computer workstations free of charge to Music students. Students who wish to install compatible software on their own computers will have to cover the cost themselves.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module. |
|Equipment||Instruments and equipment: Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves. The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's. Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.
|Equipment||IT: Computer discs or USB drives
Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
|Equipment||IT: Software licenses
All software is provided.
It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
|Travel||Field trips are infrequent and almost always optional. When occasionally they do happen students involved may be expected to cover travel costs and to pay for admission to the venue(s) visited. Staff organizing trips make every effort to keep costs to a minimum, negotiating group and student discounts whenever possible. No one trip is likely to cost more than £20 total.|
|Other||Vocal and Instrumental Lessons.
Specialist vocal and instrumental tuition for single and joint honors Music students taking performance modules is generally provided free at the point of delivery. When lessons happen away from Highfield Campus students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from their lessons. Students are expected to cover the cost of travel to and from off-campus rehearsal, performance and music examination venues. Most of those we use are within walking distance of Highfield Campus.
Students taking instrumental lessons are expected to own and maintain their own instruments, maintenance including the cost of repairs and of replacement parts (new strings, drumheads etc.). Students are strongly advised to arrange insurance for their instruments, covering all the usual risks including theft from places of residence and from university storerooms. Storage space for instruments is available in Music Department storerooms. Dozens of students have access to them: it is not possible to guarantee security. The university will accept no responsibility for loss or damage to instruments left in storerooms. Students taking performance modules will be given keys to practice rooms and storerooms. Keys must be returned on or before graduation day. Students will be charged £10.00 per replacement key in the event of loss.
Jazz and pop students must buy and use their own ear protectors if asked to do so by a teacher.
Hartley Library holds a very large collection of sheet music which students can borrow free of charge. Students who want or are advised by teachers to buy their own music, perhaps in order to mark it up, will be expected to cover the cost themselves.
The Music Department has a large collection of keyboard instruments to which keyboard students are allowed free access. It owns a number of other instruments (piccolo trumpet, bass sax, basset horn etc.) which students can borrow on their teacher's recommendation. We do not charge for the use of them but do recommend that students make private insurance arrangements when taking them off campus, especially on tour. If not returned intact they must be replaced like for like at the student's expense or at their insurer's.
Students may wish to hire professional accompanists to play with them in performance exams. Accompanists charge varying levels of fee (rarely more than £60.00 per exam accompaniment, including prior rehearsal) and students are expected to pay the fees themselves.
Turner Sims -- the university concert hall -- makes 10 tickets for each of its own-promoted concerts available free of charge to Music on a first come, first served basis. (There are very rare exceptions: gala concerts intended to raise funds for Turner Sims for instance.) Monday and Friday lunchtime concerts in Turner Sims organised by the Music Department are free of charge both to Music students and to the wider public. External promoters hiring Turner Sims can charge what they like for admission to concerts.
Student-run performing arts societies such as the University of Southampton Symphony Orchestra, JazzManix and Showstoppers (there are many others which Music students might like to join) are free to set their own membership subscriptions. The Music Department does not contribute directly towards the cost of running these societies.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.