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MMus Master of music (MMus) (Performance, Composition, Musicology, Music Education) (1 year)

Do you want to know how great film scores were composed? Are you interested in the ideas behind musical performances? Are you be able to inspire your students through your own experience of performance? Expand your knowledge of the components and aspects of music with the MMus Music (Performance, Composition, Musicology and Music Education) at the University of Southampton and enhance your musical talents. This flexible MMus programme will teach you the elements of musical performance, the latest strategies in Music Education, as well as the different genres of music. Gaining this experience across a variety of modules and thanks to the expertise of our dynamic staff will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry.

Introducing your course

Do you want to know how great film scores were composed? Are you interested in the ideas behind musical performances? Expand your knowledge of the components and aspects of music with the MMus Music (Performance, Composition, Music Education and Musicology) at the University of Southampton and enhance your musical talents. This broad MMus programme will teach you the elements of musical performance, as well as the different genres of music. Gaining this experience across a variety of categories will prepare you for a successful career in the music industry.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with four pathways: musicology, performance, music education and composition. All four pathways can be used as professional training for themselves, or as preparation for PhD study. Students in our MMus programme benefit from intensive one-to-one instruction with world-leading experts in music history, cultural studies of music, performance studies and analysis; internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers; and prominent composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (including film, television and video game music) and jazz.

The MMus programme in music provides a flexible course of study. Its goal is a professional research project, recital, composition or education 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 and/or freelance 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.

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

First- or upper second-class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Music or a cognate discipline

Programme Structure

The programme may be undertaken over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time. Your overall degree will consist of a total of 90 ECTS (180 CATS) credits.

Key Facts

Duration: 1 year (full-time); 2 years (part-time)

Start date: September

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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International students

The Southampton pre-Masters can be taken if you have qualifications or grades that do not meet University of Southampton direct entry criteria but meet the minimum entry criteria for the pre-Masters further details). You will be guaranteed a place on your chosen masters degree programme subject to successfully completing the pre-Masters. Visit our pre-Masters Programme to find out more about these degree programmes.

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Typical entry requirements

Degree

First- or upper second-class honours degree, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in Music or a cognate discipline

Selection process

Intake: Variable

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:

  • Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:

  • MMus (Music Education Pathway) – Samples of recorded performance, this should be 1-2 contrasting pieces for a total of 10-20 minutes that demonstrate your technical proficiency & interpretative capacity; and a short (up to 500 words) personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to study Music Education – both in general, and specifically at Southampton – and identifying potential research topics.
  • MMus (Musicology Pathway) – Two samples of written work, between 1500 and 2500 words each, on musicological questions of your choosing.
  • MMus (Composition Pathway) - A portfolio of 2-4 compositions, totalling 15-20 minutes of music, demonstrating your range and compositional techniques.
  • MMus (Performance Pathway) - Samples of recorded performance, this should be 2-3 contrasting pieces for a total of 20-30 minutes that demonstrate your technical proficiency, interpretative capacity. Candidates should note that studying at Southampton requires the ability to read at sight and to learn pieces quickly. Please provide these links to performance videos posted via YouTube.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

Find out more about the modules for the programme.

Year 1

Semester One
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

Composition Pathway

MUSI6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MUSI6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Music Education Pathway

MUSI6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Musicology Pathway

MUSI6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Performance Pathway

MUSI6042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory

Composition Pathway

MUSI6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Music Education Pathway

MUSI6039Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Musicology Pathway

MUSI6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MUSI6046Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Performance Pathway

MUSI6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional

Composition Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Music Education Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6036Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Musicology Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6024Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Performance Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6023Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6037Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

Composition Pathway

MUSI6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Music Education Pathway

MUSI6043Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Musicology Pathway

MUSI6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Performance Pathway

MUSI6042Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
Compulsory

Composition Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6040Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MUSI6047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Music Education Pathway

MUSI6029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Musicology Pathway

MUSI6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6045Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60
MUSI6047Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Performance Pathway

MUSI6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
Optional

Composition Pathway

MUSI6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6027Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6038Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Music Education Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Musicology Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Performance Pathway

FREEYY15 - Elective (Masters) module (15 credits)

MUSI6022Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6029Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
MUSI6035Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
Course TitleAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
MusicMMus 2020 Full-time£9,250£18,812
MusicMMus 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
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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:

List of additional costs for this course
TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingWhere 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 https://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:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou 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.
BooksWhere 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.
EquipmentInstruments 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.
EquipmentIT: Computer discs or USB drives Students are expected to provide their own portable data storage device.
EquipmentIT: Software licenses All software is provided.
EquipmentIT: Hardware It is advisable that students provide their own laptop or personal computer, although shared facilities are available across the University campus.
TravelField 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.
OtherVocal 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.

A postgraduate degree from Humanities at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the additional skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of areas or to go on to further research.

Teaching methods and Assessment

The three different pathways that are available to MMus students have different methods for their students to learn and different ways to teach, depending on the module and pathway they are taking.

Musicology
You will develop your knowledge and understanding through tutor-led seminars, the preparation of presentations and student-led seminars, one-to-one tutorials with your supervisor for the dissertation, study visits, independent research and group projects.

The different modules making up the MMus will assess your thinking skills in different ways, including the submission of portfolios of work, group and individual presentations, coursework essays and analyses, and the 20,000 word dissertation. The dissertation is a core element in establishing the acquisition of appropriate skills and the application of research techniques. Your supervisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

Composition
Activities particularly designed to enhance your thinking skills include tutor-led and student-led seminars, independent research and practice, individual tutorials and the preparation of assessed coursework and the portfolio. 

The different modules making up the MMus will assess your knowledge and understanding in different ways, including group and individual presentations, coursework essays and analyses, and the composition portfolio.

Performance
You will develop your knowledge and understanding through tutor-led seminars, the preparation of presentations and student-led seminars, individual instrumental or vocal lessons, study visits, independent study and practice.

The different modules making up the MMus will assess your practical skills in different ways, including group and individual presentations, coursework essays and analyses, and the recitals.

Professional development

A masters degree will enable you to further develop the key skills employers seek such as: time management; problem solving; team work; deadline and project management; cultural awareness; working independently; using your initiative; relationship-building; critical thinking and research analysis. Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.

Study locations

Highfield campus

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