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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time

  • Course Type

    PgDip

  • Course Fees

    FT £6,500 (Band 1).

    If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

  • Last Updated

    11 July 2019

About the course

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, where the University of Huddersfield was 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. This represents one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

We have a thriving community of postgraduate musicians who receive regular individual tuition from staff who are recognised nationally and internationally in their chosen specialisms, and by a team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers from regional and national orchestras, many of whom are distinguished solo performers.

You’ll have many opportunities to perform by taking part in directed ensembles, amongst which are the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Opera Group, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Folk Group, Samba Band, Blues Group, Improvisation Group, and A Cappella Choir, as well as various chamber music ensembles.

Our Live Music at the University of Huddersfield series features a range of weekly student concerts, as well as recitals and masterclasses by guest artists. Recent visitors have included Emma Kirkby (voice), Garth Knox (viola), Anton Lyakhovsky (piano), Neil Heyde (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet), Jah Wobble (pop ensembles), Lore Lixenberg (voice), John Scott Whiteley (organ), Claude Delangle and Snake Davis (saxophone), Ensemble 360,vocal ensemble EXAUDI, and the instrumental group ELISION.

Course detail

You take 3 core modules:

  •  Recital
  •  Performance Studies
  •  Applied Performance

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes the form of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tuition with your tutor, and individual practical tuition from visiting instrumental or vocal teachers.

You will be required to perform to an advanced standard across a range of styles and repertoire. Additionally, essays will be submitted which relate to the repertoire being performed.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

Your Career

Make the most of our excellent facilities, national and internationally renowned teaching staff and diverse opportunities for performance to enhance your skills in preparation for your career.

Professional links and accreditations

  • You will be taught by professional performers who are members of the Orchestra of Opera North, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the Hallé Orchestra and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Many of our students play in regional orchestras and brass bands - the area around Huddersfield is famous for the number of such ensembles.
  • The Music department is home to the annual Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and you’re actively encouraged to make the most of it during its 10-day residence each November.
  • As a performer, you’ll be part of the Huddersfield Centre of Performance Research (HuCPeR) which promotes scholarly research into musical performance.

Career support

The training you receive on this course will help equip you for a career within or outside the music world.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.


Visit the Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

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