Music MMus

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What is special about this course?

The MMus Music will introduce you to the fundamental principles of either research in popular music or composition for film, TV and media. It provides unique and creative approaches to musicology and composition, valuing intellectual curiosity, musical diversity and creativity.

The course will help strengthen your ability to utilise independent learning whilst developing original and creative responses to problems and current complex issues. You will have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge of your chosen pathway in musical study and practice.

Special features

  • Pathway options of
    • MMus Music (Popular Musicology) or
    • MMus Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)
  • You will gain the key skills and expertise to enable you to make an effective contribution to the creative industries

Entry requirements

  • 2.1 honours degree or above (or equivalent)
  • Candidates with an honours degree below 2:1 (or equivalent) may also be considered
  • Exceptionally, candidates without academic qualifications but with relevant experience may be considered on an individual basis
  • Applicants for the composition pathway are required to have an understanding of notational music theory. This could take the form of a Grade 8 qualification or equivalent level of underpinning knowledge


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.

Access routes


Popular Musicology pathway

You will study the following core module:

  • Contemporary Musicology: Issues and Analysis (double credits)

You will also choose one option module from the following:

  • Popular Music: Gender and Sexuality
  • Music: Politics and Protest

Composition for Film, TV and Media pathway

You will study the following core modules:

  • Composition techniques for Film, TV and media (double credits)
  • Arranging, orchestration and film scoring


Popular Musicology pathway

You will study the following core modules:

  • Research in Context: external engagement
  • Contemporary music journalism

You will also choose one option module from the following:

  • Highland Voices: music and song
  • Film, TV and media musicology

Composition for Film, TV and Media pathway

You will study the following core module:

  • Composition in context: external engagement

You will also choose two option modules from the following:

  • Music Business for film composers
  • Film, TV and media musicology
  • Contemporary post-production studio design


To complete the award of MMus Music (Popular Musicology) you must complete a dissertation. For the MMus Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media) you will complete a major project

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time (Structured)

You will learn through face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)

How long will my course last?

  • Full Time: 1 year 
  • Part Time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date



How much will my course cost?

The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

2017-18Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £1,190
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £3,570
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £7,140
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £10,700

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant university partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Successful completion of the MMus Music will prepare you for various careers in the creative industries including:

  • Composition
  • Music research
  • Community arts
  • Teaching

The course also provides a strong base for progression to a PhD in musicology or composition.

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Apply for Music MMus

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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