University of Hull

Degree level: Postgraduate

Music (Pathways: Musicology, Composition, Performance, Technology) (Taught)

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Course summary

Become the musician you want to be with a flexible taught-Masters degree at Hull. The MMus programme is sector-leading in allowing specialisation and mixing of interests in a wide variety of areas including performance, composition (acoustic, electroacoustic, sonic arts), conducting, music technology (recording, production, pedagogy), film music, aesthetics, philosophy, semiotics, historical and critical musicology, jazz studies, popular music studies, music psychology, theory and analysis. This course is aimed at those who have a particular interest in pursuing their study of music to a higher level and equips students with a wide range of transferable skills. Obtaining the MMus opens up career possibilities in music and in many other fields where skills in critical enquiry and a demonstration of advanced aptitude are essential. This programme provides you with a host of opportunities, such as internships, through our professional partnerships and a range of international visiting speakers including composers, performers, and academics to expose you to key individuals in the field.


Modules include: Music Studies 1 and 2 - The central aim of these modules is to explore options within a range of musical manifestations and to demonstrate an understanding through reflective and critically engaged work.; Technical Skills 1 - This module covers technical approaches to music in your chosen specialist area and provides you with the skills to complement it. The focus is on methodological, technical and critical components. Where appropriate, it incorporates industry-specific aspects. Contexts of Music - This module introduces a range of critical and theoretical approaches to music and explains how these approaches are framed in academic terms. It's accompanied by a string of distinguished visiting speakers in the Newland Lecture Series. Special Study - This module allows you to embark on a large project of your own choice, under supervision. It could follow on from work you did in the Music Studies and Technical Skills modules. Or it could be a large and distinct piece of work, separate from earlier projects.

Assessment method

You’ll develop skills in your chosen specialism within one or more of the four broad areas of study - musicology, composition, performance and music technology - as well as acquiring a wide range of other transferable skills in critical reasoning and intellectual enquiry.

How to apply

International applicants

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level. This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold an Honours degree in Music (2.1 or above) or equivalent. In some instances, we may require you to attend an interview. With your application, please submit a relevant sample of work as per below depending on the area(s) of study you are interested in: Performance: a video recording of a recent performance containing two contrasting pieces up to 10 minutes duration in total. Composition: a sample of two recent pieces of composition work in either score and/or recorded format up to 10 minutes duration in total. Technology: two pieces of recent work (this could include studio production, sound design, programming, etc.) in an appropriate format totalling 10 minutes duration (or equivalent) Musicology: a sample of written work, including one or two essays totalling approximately 5,000 words. In your application, you can provide a link to your work hosted externally. In order to ensure our students have a rich learning and student experience, most of our programmes have a mix of domestic and international students. We reserve the right to close applications early to either group, if application volumes suggest that this blend cannot be achieved. In addition, existing undergraduate students at the University of Hull have a guaranteed ‘Fast Track’ route to any postgraduate programme, subject to meeting the entry criteria.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.5IELTS: 6.5 overall, 5.5 in each skill

Please click below for a list of the English language qualifications accepted by the University of Hull

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9400 Whole course
England £9400 Whole course
Northern Ireland £9400 Whole course
Scotland £9400 Whole course
Wales £9400 Whole course
Channel Islands £9400 Whole course
EU £10000 Whole course
International £10000 Whole course

Additional fee information

All fees are subject to change

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Thursday 17 August, 7am - 9pm Friday 18 August, 8am-6pm Saturday 19 August, 9am-3pm

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Music (Pathways: Musicology, Composition, Performance, Technology) at University of Hull - UCAS