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Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

MMus in Music (Musicology, Composition, Performance, Technology)

Postgraduate - Taught MMus

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time Part time
MMus 1 year 2 years

About the course

Become the musician you want to be with a flexible taught-Masters degree at Hull.

The MMus programme is sector-leading, allowing unequaled 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.

What you'll study

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.

Modules include

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.


  • 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.

  • Technical Skills 2

    This module covers technical approaches to your chosen specialist area, providing you with the skills required to complement it. We focus on methodological, technical and critical components. We incorporate industry-specific elements where appropriate.

  • 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.

  • Research Methods (Music)

    This module introduces the core skills for music research at postgraduate level. Preparing you for original projects across the MMus programme, it emphasises academic rigour and examines how to consult and reference source material.

  • 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.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £6,755
  • Home/EU (part-time): £750 (20 credits), £2,250 (60 credits), £3,380 (90 credits)

Part-time fees are charged pro-rata to the full-time fee, according to the number of credits being studied. 

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,609 for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

The fees shown for Home/EU are for 2018/19 entry. The fees for 2019/20 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Our music studios and recording equipment rival the best in the industry, including one of the finest ambisonic studios in the UK.

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Become the musician you want to be, whether it's pop, jazz, classical, musical theatre or film music, by tailoring your course to match your interests.

Thanks to a £9.5 million investment, our Middleton Hall is now a world-class cultural venue boasting a superb 400-seater concert hall.

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Strong links with professional organisations enable our students to engage with the likes of the BBC, Hull Truck and Opera North.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold an Honours degree in Music (2.1 or above) or international 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.

International students

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. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

The aim of studies on the MMus is to link your abilities directly to industry-led areas of music and employment. As such, preparation for employment is both vocationally-orientated and intellectually broadening.

You’ll be able to get involved with a range of music opportunities such as participating in ensembles, running collaborative projects, organising your own projects and preparing performances. These opportunities will develop transferable skills beneficial in a wide range of careers as well as music.

You’ll have the opportunity to get involved with career-based schemes, such as the school’s Students for Hire scheme, giving you the chance to fulfil external engagements. The school has developed a range of internships in partnership with professional organisations, including Hull Truck Theatre and Opera North.

The School runs engagement activities where you’ll get the chance to work with members of the public in different organisational contexts, including local schools, the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull Truck Theatre, Hull City Council Libraries, the Stroke Association (for music therapy), and community groups.