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Performance Postgraduate Diploma

Course Description

You will join a thriving community of postgraduate musicians receiving regular individual tuition from academic and instrumental staff with national and international reputations.

The PgDip course allows you to pursue an intensive programme of specialist training in performance, supported by academic study. You take three modules:
• Applied Performance – select two areas of study in which your performance skills are developed and applied to a variety of situations
• Performance Studies – a series of lectures, seminars and workshops exploring the analytical and critical issues confronting performers
• Recital –work with your performance tutor to prepare for two formal recitals.

You’ll be based in the Creative Arts Building with its purpose-built facilities, with access to the well-resourced Music Library, and be able to experience recent developments in new music at first hand at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, whose home is the University.

You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with fellow students and work with visiting musicians in the surroundings of the Creative Arts Building, explore the collection of scores, recordings, books and journals that the Music Library has to offer, and experience recent developments in music first-hand during the Huddersfield.

Visit the Performance Postgraduate Diploma page on the University of Huddersfield web site for more details!

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Fee Waiver Bursary - 6 Awards

There will be two rounds, one with a deadline of 1 July. After that, subject to availability of bursaries being awarded and the quality of applicants after that date there will be another round closing on 1 September.

• Provide an indication of the repertoire they would like to explore over the course of the MMus, and reasons why (relate to their previous studies as well as providing a rationale for their future plans)
• Demonstrate an understanding of how research has informed and will continue to inform their development as a performer, and how their experience as a performer might shape their research
• Provide evidence of and rationale for past programmes and ideas for future programmes

A successful candidate will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the direction of their postgraduate work, relating their ideas to a particular area of study, methodological approach, or to a specific line of enquiry
• While it may not be possible at this stage to know the intended subject of your final dissertation, it would be useful to know of any preliminary ideas that you might have for it at this stage
• If you intend to use the MMus as preparation for doctoral work, please indicate this.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£500 / £2,000


Graduates holding a 1st or 2:1 degree from the University of Huddersfield are offered a £500 progression (fee waiver) bursary.

The School of Music, Humanities and Media offers a limited number of taught Masters fee-waiver bursaries of £2000 to external applicants. Generally, the criteria for award relate to academic progress and achievement but motivation and future career intentions also play a part. The bursary is only available to those funding their own studies.

You will be automatically considered for the bursary when you apply for a taught Masters course.

Application Procedure

Please send all applications as an e-mail attachment to Dr Steven Jan: [email protected]

Successful candidates will be contacted by the end of July

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree in Music

Course Fees

Please contact postgraduate administrator for further details

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