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Music - MMus

Course Description

This course is primarily a research programme with taught elements. You can study a range of musicological and creative practice topics.

The MMus is a research Master's. It is 12 months full time or 24 months part time. This is a research programme, but there are some taught modules.

The MMus is an excellent foundation for students going on to a PhD. It is also a valuable qualification in its own right. For some the MMus adds a further dimension to their undergraduate degree, in a 3+1 model.

Your studies

The styles or repertories covered during your study can range across the full spectrum of early, classical, avant-garde, folk, popular and world music genres.

You can focus on creative musical practice, musicology, or a combination of the two. Use the elective projects to tailor your studies.


Studying music is both intellectually and musically demanding. You'll develop transferable skills to help you in your career, whatever you choose to do.

Transferrable skills
Studying music requires you to engage in a broad range of practical and intellectual activities. These include performance, composition, improvisation, analysis, research and critical intellectual enquiry. We foster teamwork and initiative through participation in music ensembles. You'll gain communication skills through performance, presentations and written work. Flexibility, self-discipline and good time management are all required to attain high technical standards. These skills are necessary to balance the demands of study, practice and performance.

Our graduates often become self-employed musicians, performers, composers, teachers, academics, music therapists, studio managers or sound engineers. Other opportunities include arts administration, music production, specialist magazine journalism, music librarianship or music publishing. The wide range of transferable skills music graduates develop means that you can easily move into any discipline. These include management, marketing, accountancy, law, events management, journalism and IT.

Careers resources
The University's award-winning Careers Service can help with planning for your future career from the day you arrive. They can help you even after you graduate from Newcastle. Read our Careers with a degree in Music publication. This will tell you more about:
-What a music degree is like
-How it prepares you for the world of work
-Our graduates who have pursued various roles

Visit the Music - MMus page on the Newcastle University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Sager Family Foundation - The Graduate Scholarship for Working Musicians - Single Award

Applicants will be considered according to evidence of technical and creative flair, academic ability (which might be reflected by a good honours undergraduate degree, but could also be evidenced by work-related or professional experience), energy and commitment to further study and financial circumstances. Under special circumstances, where there is an exceptional student who has already completed the MMus with distinction, the committee may recommend that the award be made to support one year of a PhD programme in Creative Musical Practice.Applicants who wish to be considered should make clear their interest when they apply for a place on the MMus Muisc programme. Anyone who has already applied will be automatically considered. The final decision, based on the recommendations of the committee, will be made by the Foundation’s President, Bobby Sager

Value of Scholarship(s)



The Scholarship is offered through competitive application, to one student accepting a full-time place on the MMus Music programme. The scholarship is offered for one year and applications are open to candidates of any nationality (UK, EU and international students).

Application Procedure

Please see our website.

Further Information



Florence Hilda Yates Studentship - Single Award

The studentship is offered for one year and includes tuition fees (paid at the UK/EU rate) and a living allowance matching AHRC levels (c.£7,500). An additional fund of £1,000 is available to support the student’s work.

Value of Scholarship(s)

circa £11,500


The Florence Hilda Yates Studentship is offered, through competitive application, to one student accepting a full-time place on a PhD or a taught Masters programme within Music. Applications are open to candidates of any nationality, although applicants who are required to pay international fees will have to find additional sources of funding for their tuition fees.

Application Procedure

Please see our website.

Further Information



Alumni Tuition Fee Discount - 20+ Awards

Newcastle University is delighted to offer a 10% reduction in postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who are self-funding for their postgraduate study and meet our eligibility criteria.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% fees discount


Please visit our website for full details and eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

You do not need to complete a separate application form for the Alumni Tuition Fee Discount. However you must include certain information on your postgraduate application form. Please see our website for details.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

See website for details: View Website

Last Updated

05 May 2017

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