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Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma

Course Description

In 2015 we were awarded the Queen's Anniversary Prize 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.

You will join a thriving community of postgraduate musicians receiving 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.

There are many opportunities to take 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, South Asian Arts Ensemble, Blues Group, Jazz Improvisation Group, as well as various chamber music ensembles.

You will also have many opportunities to experience and perform music, including weekly student concerts, and recitals and masterclasses. Recent guests include Emma Kirkby (voice), Rod Franks (trumpet), Martin Roscoe (piano), Wissam Boustany (flute), Lore Lixenberg (voice), John Scott Whiteley (organ), The Clerks, Ensemble 360.

You will be based in the Creative Arts Building with its purpose-built facilities, 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 based at 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 Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma page on the University of Huddersfield website for more details!

Student Profiles

Progression Bursaries - No. of awards TBC

Graduates holding an Upper Second Class or First Class Honours Degree from the University of Huddersfield are offered a £500 progression (fee waiver) bursary. If entering your Masters course in the year of graduation this is provided through a University of Huddersfield progression bursary.To find out more, go to: http://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/pg-progression-bursaries/

Value of Scholarship(s)



You should have a first class or 2:1 classification in your first degree from the University of Huddersfield.

Application Procedure

For full details visit http://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/pg-progression-bursaries/

Further Information



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.PERFORMERS:
• 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 programmesMUSICOLOGISTS/ANALYSTS
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] candidates will be contacted by the end of July

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Admission is available to Honours graduates in Music and holders of graduate diplomas in Music. Your application should be supported by references from 2 referees, at least one of whom should have knowledge of your current abilities within music. You should have achieved a standard of vocal or instrumental performance equivalent to that of the LRSM Performers' Diploma. Applicants will be auditioned.

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