Music MMus

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What is special about this course?

This course is suitable for those involved in creating (composition, songwriting and production) or studying music, and who wish to expand their current field of expertise.

The MMus Music will introduce you to the fundamental principles of text-based, or practice-led research in popular and contemporary music. It provides unique and creative approaches to composition, songwriting, production and musicology, valuing musical creativity and innovation, musical diversity and intellectual curiosity. 

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 research area through pathway and optional modules.

You may also have the opportunity to attend conferences, gigs and networking events.

Special features

  • The programme offers two pathways:
    • Music: Popular and Contemporary Music Practices pathway
    • Music: Popular and Contemporary Music Studies pathway
  • 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 in music or a related subject (or equivalent)
  • You will also be required to attend an interview, with recent examples of your work
  • Exceptionally, candidates without academic qualifications but with relevant experience may be considered for interview based on the submission of a portfolio of recent work or work-in-progress


*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


Music: Popular and Contemporary Music Practices pathway

You will study the following core modules:

  • Collaborative project
  • Approaches to record production

You will also choose one option module from the list below.

Music: Popular and Contemporary Music Studies pathway

You will study the following core modules:

  • Collaborative project
  • Approaches to record production

You will also choose one option module from the list below.

Option modules are:

  • Pedagogy and praxis
  • Contemporary musicology: art, commerce, media
  • The tuning of nations: soundscape, place and memory
  • An option module from our MA Music and the Environment programme


Music: Popular and Contemporary Music Practices and Studies pathways

The core module is: research and practice-led methodologies: responses to research questions. You will also choose two option modules from the following:

  • Making music (with) systems
  • Sound, music, media
  • Music, power and politics
  • Popular musicology
  • Scenes and identities
  • An option module from our MA Music and the Environment programme


To complete the masters award you must complete a 15,000 word dissertation in a chosen field or equivalent practical major project, supervised by a tutor. Projects are not limited to, but could include:

  • Songwriting and album production
  • Multimedia performance
  • Touring projects 
  • (Film) composition work
  • Installation and conceptual work

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)

You will learn through a combination of face-to-face lectures and tutorials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE). You may also be required to attend residential and studio sessions for practical work.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 18 months
  • Part-time: 3 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


2019-20Scottish and EU
Rest of UK
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £1,340
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £4,020
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £8,040
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £12,060

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


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

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 within the creative industry including:

  • Composition and songwriting
  • Music research
  • Community arts
  • Teaching


Can I progress into further study?

The course provides a strong base for progression to a PhD.

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Apply for Music MMus

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2020

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate 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.