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Music (Performance) (MMus)

Master of Music
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Expand your knowledge of music performance with our master's degree at the University of Southampton. Whether you are a classical pianist, a jazz-and-pop musician, an opera singer, or a musical theatre performer, our programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of musical performance. You'll graduate with the knowledge and skills for a career in music or further study.

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.

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Our MMus Music Performance master's degree gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of the field. On this course, you'll study:

  • the technique, history and repertoire of your instrument or voice
  • principles and presentation skills of performance
  • key skills in music performance and research
  • key skills in performance teaching

Our academic staff and music teachers are internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers, as well as established composers and musicologists. These world-leading experts can offer you intensive one-to-one tuition in performance and additional training to make you a stronger, better informed professional who will be heard in today's music world.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with 4 specialist pathways:

On the Performance pathway, you’ll work towards the final goal of a professional recital. We’ll work with you to create a portfolio that’s relevant to your career aspirations. Once you graduate, you’ll be ready to:

  • continue your research at a doctoral level
  • work in the music industry or wider cultural sector
  • become a teacher
  • work as a freelance musician

You can mix your Performance modules with topics from other MMus pathways to develop a wider range of skills and personalise the course to your interests.

Course lead

Your course leader has research interests in jazz, East Asia and the global history of music. Visit Dr Thomas Irvine’s staff profile to learn more about his work.

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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