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We offer a broad-based MMus programme with three pathways: musicology, performance and composition. All three pathways can be used as professional training for themselves, or as preparation for PhD study at Southampton and elsewhere. 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.
Graduates of our MMus programme have gone on to doctoral work at institutions such as Southampton, the University of California and Oxford, to employment in the UK and abroad as leaders in the music and media industries, as well as to careers as performers, composers and teachers.
We also offer an MRes in musicology. The MRes is more sharply focused on developing your skills as a researcher and writer, requiring a more substantial dissertation than the MMus.
The MMus programme in music provides a flexible course of study. Its goal is a professional research project, recital or composition 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 wider cultural sector, or work as a teacher or free-lance 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.
The MMUS programme is designed to equip you with a range of practical and intellectual skills that will enable you to complete your degree successfully, and put you in a good position to gain employment or go on to further study. Our programme will:
* develop your critical awareness of debates and issues in music (musicology, performance and composition)
* enhance your capacity for independent thought and research
* encourage you to produce written work, performances or compositions to high professional standards
* enable you to use and evaluate a wide range of research tools, including electronic information retrieval and subject-specific archival resources
Programme structure (full-time route)The full time route comprises 51 weeks, starting in October. The taught component, which includes a mix of taught modules and independent study projects, runs from October through to June, split into two semesters. Depending on your pathway you will then prepare a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation, a full-length recital or a portfolio of compositions for submission in September. MRES students take fewer study modules and prepare a longer dissertation (30,000 words).
Programme structure (part-time route)Students following the part time route complete the same programme of study as full timers and attend the same taught modules. However their programme extends over 24 months, and they complete the required number of study modules over four semesters rather than two.
AHRC Block Grant; Faculty studentships may be available