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Where words fail, music speaks.

Our MMus Music (Creative Practice) is distinctive in its range of musicological, compositional and performance-based elements.

You will benefit from the diversity of our research strengths, our many ensemble performance opportunities and our expertise in a range of musical fields. These include contemporary music for the concert hall, popular music, film music, opera, acoustic, electronic and computer-generated music. 

Academics within our Department of Music and graduates of this course are internationally recognised theorists and practitioners in a wide range of musical activity and areas of specialism.

What you will study

The Creative Practice pathway of our MMus Music is designed for creative musicians who cannot easily separate performance and composition in their work. Whether you’re a musician working in improvised music, singer-songwriter or interested in live electronics, this course is for you.

You will take two compulsory research training modules, after which teaching and study progress from closely taught modules designed to secure and extend your technique to more autonomous, project-based learning opportunities. 

Having completed the postgraduate diploma stage, you will progress to masters study and submit a final portfolio of work. Your portfolio will likely feature a combination of live performance and composition.

Short-course opportunities

We welcome applications from students who would like to study one module from this masters course.


Our Department of Musics’s work achieves wide international circulation, both through established scholarly channels and, distinctively, through broadcast media (such as BBC TV, Channel 4, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and National Public Radio in the USA). 

Our staff are much in demand for pre-concert talks at venues such as London’s South Bank and Barbican centres.

The research environment at Surrey is sustained by open discussion and debate, and through the regular airing of work-in- progress. Our work is strengthened by the ready input of our peers and research students at various stages allowing collective engagement to foster innovation.

Visit the Music: Creative Practice (MMus) page on the University of Surrey website for more details!




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