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


  • 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 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


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International (non-UK/EU) fees

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

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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:


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.