Music MMus

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

PgCert

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
  • Understanding music

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

PgDip

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

MMus

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

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £560 £560
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,680
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,360
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,000

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man), studying this course on-campus, the following fees apply:

  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £650 £650
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,950 £1,950
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,900 £3,900
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,850 £5,850

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic fee scholarship.

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

2021-22 On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland) With scholarship
Per module (20 credits) £1,420 £1,070
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,260 £3,210
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,520 £6,420
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,780 £9,630

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union, studying on-campus, the following fees apply:

On-campus study (term-time address in Scotland)
  2020-21 2021-22
Per module (20 credits) £1,380 £1,420
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £4,140 £4,260
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits, 180 credits) £8,280 £8,520
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation, 180 credits) £12,420 £12,780

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

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international postgraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

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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What our students, graduates and staff say

What I enjoyed was learning about the language of music for film, and being given the freedom to do what I wanted musically within the parameters outlined in the course. I enjoyed being pushed to explore composing music outside of my comfort
zone, and the challenge of writing music for specific narratives.

I also liked the fact that some of the study was student-led and my tutors were acting more as supervisors rather than teaching a course with rigid outcomes. The support and tutoring I received was excellent and the facilities are fantastic.

Kieran completed the MMus Music at Perth College UHI. He studied part time which allowed him to continue working as a musician and producer.

 

Apply for Music MMus

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

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