MMus Performance (Work-Based Learning)

Course summary

This course is designed for students working primarily as instrumentalists, composers or conductors. Attendance for lectures is as limited as possible, with the remaining tuition delivered by one-to-one contact time through the tutorial system and via the e-learning platform.

The course aims to equip you with a breadth of skills and information enabling you to develop your careers within today's music industry. Provision is made for students' professional work to form part of the assessment process, particularly with regard to practical components of the course.

The course is structured around the needs of the professional performing musician. Central to this is the further development of advanced, technically assured and artistically informed performance skills. These are supplemented by more narrowly defined skills, which relate to and arise directly from each chosen area of specialist work.

Course detail

Modules

  • Instrumental Studies or Conducting (one)
  • Instrumental Studies or Conducting (two)
  • Dissertation
  • Negotiated Work-based Learning
  • Project.

In addition to these core modules, students will have the opportunity to select three optional modules, ranging from practical based areas such as composition, orchestration and arranging, transcription and chamber music modules, through to theory-based modules in ensemble management:

  • Instrumental Studies One and Two
  • Postgraduate Conducting Studies One and Two
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Negotiated Work-based Learning
  • Composition
  • Performance Project
  • Orchestration and Arranging
  • Live Event Management
  • Chamber Music Project
  • 2nd Study Conducting
  • Transcription.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have the following:

  • a recognised first degree in Music or first or higher degree in other subjects with relevant musical experience to the required level (diploma level or director of music exams)
  • necessary prior experience to meet the demands of the course.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£6,950

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£10,995
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

A range of loans, bursaries and scholarships are available to help you fund your studies.

Students on some Masters courses may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards their course and living costs. Find out how to apply for a Postgraduate Loan on GOV.UK

Other loans available to postgraduate students include Professional and Career Development Loans, which also allow you to borrow up to £10,000.  Find out more about Loans on GOV.UK

Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as disabled students. Find out more about funding opportunities

Within the university, we offer a range of scholarships and bursaries including:

  • The William Brake Bursary: a £1,000 award for candidates on undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses
  • The Mollie Clay Scholarship: a £2,500 scholarship awarded to an outstanding student
  • Exclusive alumni discounts: a £2,000 discount on taught postgraduate courses or a 10% discount on research courses, exclusive to students who graduated from the University of West London.

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility for the scholarships and bursaries listed above.


Please note that fees given are per academic year unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to change. Costs can increase each year.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Click the red 'Apply now' button above for details about the application process for this course.

An online application form is available for many of our courses so you can apply for your place directly. Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

The process is different if you are applying for a research degree, apprenticeship or a range of specialist courses. Clicking 'Apply now' will take you to the details relevant to you.

Find out more about how to apply for:

International students

Complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form for international students or you can download the print version (Word, 186kb).

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Teaching staff

What our students say

George Carter, Performance - Work-Based Learning (MMus) graduate

George CarterStudying the MMus course at LCM has been a great opportunity for me to enhance my craft and open doors to my chosen profession as a Musical Director. At the start of the course I was able to choose my own mentor and was lucky enough to have West End MD, Stuart Morley (a graduate of a similar course at the Royal Academy of Music) teach me conducting, orchestration and arranging, as well as many other aspects that go with being a professional MD.

Choosing from a selection of modules kept the course fresh and varied. Being able to study any part of the music industry as appropriate is excellent as it allows you to expand your knowledge and understand the industry. This course has been a huge help to my career.  I am now in Germany working on Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Starlight Express' as Assistant Musical Director.

Jobs and placements

Recent appointments for alumni:

Performance

MMus student Kate Liley has started a PhD on music and health dealing with aspects of pedagogy at the RCM.

Career and study progression

The course is aimed at students who are already working primarily as an instrumentalist or conductor in the music industry, but will enable you to progress in your chosen field.

Study progression

After completing the course students can progress to the DMus in Performance.