In affiliation with the London College of Music and University of West London.

This qualification has been developed to address the needs of contemporary musicians on a practical, academic and professional basis delivered by highly qualified professionals active in the music industry.



Explore in-depth an area of musicianship that interests you.

Combine practical and academic study with extensive ensemble work and individual tuition.

Expand and develop your competitive edge.

Gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas.


Full time 3 x 12 week trimesters.

Minimum of a 2:1 in a related undergraduate qualification. Equivalent qualifications will be considered. Fast-track option: 10+ years industry experience. Please get in touch for more information.

Core Modules and Optional Modules. For more information, please scroll down.

What subjects will I study?

Consolidate and build on performance skills with a focus on stylistic interpretation, technique and creativity.

Rehearse and perform with the aim to develop ensemble skills with an emphasis on musical direction, creative interpretation and technical skill.

Undertake several tasks related to your discipline, including building a portfolio of work, documentation of research and dissertation proposal or project with an annotated bibliography.

Develop an understanding of key critical approaches to the study of popular music through examination of key literature. Study a series of important practitioners, genres and milestones from the landscape of popular music through analysis and critical thinking.

Building upon the work completed in Performance Portfolio 1, further develop skills as a performer. Key factors include the development and expansion of heightened technical performance ability, alongside interpretative and stylistic traits.

A project or dissertation based around a research question of your choosing that has been developed during the research methods module and through discussion with the module leader.

Engage in the development, management and execution of a high-quality song portfolio. The material may be in any genre with a final presentation of a portfolio with recordings of your compositions, lead sheets and a written critique.

A placement to participate in learning and teaching activities based within a community music practice with the aim to develop and execute two observed sessions.

The Studio Recording module gives you the opportunity to engage in the development, management and execution of a high-quality music production project. The course will combine practice with theory.

What happens next?

Studying at this level will broaden your horizons as a musician and scholar, to support you in a multi-faceted career. This Masters will enable you to explore areas of interest in greater depth, develop new skills and open new avenues of investigation both musically and academically.

Fees and Funding

Course fees £8495 per annum. Subject to eligibility you can apply for a student loan to cover fees. Please visit for more information on student finance.

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