Why choose this course
Our MMus Music course offers you the highest level of training in contemporary music. We will teach you the necessary skills, techniques and methodologies to work at an advanced level with a critical awareness of relevant music disciplines.
Our award-winning staff are eminent practitioners and scholars in their respective fields. Operating over the widest range of style and practice, we will work closely with you in your musical development.
You will graduate from our MMus Music course as an independent and relevant contemporary musician with the fullest knowledge of theory, practical skill, critical reflection and creativity.
What you will study
On this course you will learn the creative, re-creative, technical, critical, vocational and academic areas of contemporary music practice.
You will study a range of interlinked practices including performance, composition, musicology and relevant skills in music technology. You will be able to specialise in any or several of these areas in order to prepare you for a future career in music and also provide a foundation for PhD study.
You will learn about the current developments within the contemporary theory and practice of music, so that you can work confidently and constructively within the musical culture of the present.
If you’re looking to progress onto a PhD research project after you graduate, this course will help to prepare you for doctoral level study in music-related areas.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/21 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach. View detailed information on the changes.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Compulsory classes for this course run on Tuesdays with most optional modules running on Mondays or Tuesdays, although some options shared with undergraduate courses may run on other days.
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the Academic Hive. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. Real-world experience is also considered.
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of relevant work. The MMus (Music)course supports a range of musical practice and musicology, so applicants should include in the portfolio, where relevant to specialisms and interests, any number of the following:
- If pursuing performance, a sample of 2-5 unedited video performances
- If pursuing composition, a portfolio of original compositions with scores and audio
- A sample of theoretical writing and/or analyses
- Any additional practice, such as electronic productions, mixed media work, film scores and arrangements.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of relevant work. The course supports a range of musical practice and musicology, so applicants should include in the portfolio, where relevant to specialisms and interests, any number of the following:
1.If pursuing performance, a sample of 2-5 unedited video performances
2.If pursuing composition, a portfolio of original compositions with scores and audio
3.A sample of theoretical writing and/or analyses
4.Any additional practice, such as electronic productions, mixed media work, film scores and arrangements.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2021-22 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
- Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about postgraduate student finance.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View an example of our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course and changes for the specific academic year.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Further, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the academic year 2020/21. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach during 2020/21. Detailed information on all changes is available at our dedicated course changes webpage. This webpage sets out information relating to general University changes, and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.