Music MMus

UCAS code W300
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

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 and musical diversity.

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

  • The course offers the option to specialise in either: 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


*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


PgCert Music: Popular Musicology

Core module:

  • Contemporary Musicology: Issues and Analysis

Option modules:

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

PgCert Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)

Core modules:

  • Composition Techniques for Film, TV and Media
  • Arranging, Orchestration and Film Scoring


PgDip Music: Popular Musicology

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Music Journalism
  • Research in Context: External Engagement

Option modules:

  • Highland Voices - Music and Song
  • Film, TV and Media Musicology

PgDip Music (Composition for Film, TV and Media)

Core module:

  • Composition in Context: External Engagement

Option modules:

  • Music Business for Film Composers
  • Film, TV, and Media Musicology
  • Contemporary Post Production Sound Design


To achieve the award of MMus Music (Popular Musicology) you must complete a dissertation. For the MMus (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 UHI 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:

2016-17 Scottish
(inc EU)
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £1,080
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £3,240
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits)
£3,120 £3,900 £6,480
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation)
£4,680 £5,850 £9,720

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.

What funding can I apply for?

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.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Music MMus

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017 or Jan/Feb 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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