MMus Performance (Work-Based Learning)

Course summary

MMus PerformanceOverview

This course is ideal for students working primarily as instrumentalists, composers or conductors and is structured around the needs of the professional performing musician. 

The structure of this course optimizes flexibility for the working student, with limited lectures,; the most emphasis in this program is on one-on-one time learning through the tutorial system and via the e-learning platform. Additionally, provisions are made for students’ professional work to form part of the assessment process, particularly in the practical components of the course. 

This course will develop advanced, technically assured and artistically informed performance skills to use in today’s music industry. Students benefit from London College of Music's (LCM) weekly Postgraduate Research Seminars and Composition Workshops, which offer great opportunities to learn new skills and network with students from other postgraduate courses. LCM also has several large ensembles, including the LCM Sinfonia, LCM Big Band, LCM Choir, and LCM Glee Choir, which students can participate in.

Why choose this course?

Based in the epicentre of London’s the UK’s music and media businesses, the University of West London is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK. Our staff are leading industry professionals, most of whom still operate within their fields – bringing cutting edge experience to prepare you for your career.

The University is in a prime location to study and ideally-positioned to help you gain a skill set that will place you at a distinct advantage as you move through today’s challenging music industry. To assist you in honing your craft, The London College of Music has over 20 recording studios and an extensive collection of instruments and equipment (including state-of-the-art sound studios).

To learn more about the facilities at LCM, watch this quick video tour that highlights the key benefits of studying with us.

MMus PerformanceTutor Information

The MMus Performance teaching staff includes:

Dan Banks who has performed at a vast array of UK jazz venues and festivals including: The Jazz Cafe, The Bulls Head, The Octave and the Belvedere. He has performed alongside British jazz celebrities like Laurence Cottle, Ian Thomas, Mark Nightingale, Paul Higgs, Gareth Lockrane, Mark Armstrong, Roberto Manzin, and Vasilis Xenopoulos, and many more.

Simon Haw is widely experienced as a conductor, directing a broad range of ensembles, including Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Brass Band, Chamber Brass and Choir. He has worked extensively across the UK at most major concert venues and in the course of his career he has toured the United States of America, France, Germany, Spain, Cyprus, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Belize, Kosovo and Bosnia.

Career and Study Progression
This course is aimed at students who are already working primarily as an instrumentalist or conductor in the music industry, however, it will enable you to progress in your chosen field. After completing the course, students can progress to the DMus in Performance.  Graduates from this program have gone on to be exceptional contributors in the music industry.  

Course detail


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

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.

Optional modules

  • 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

You 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


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


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. In the 2017 - 18 academic year, they included:

  • 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 £1,000 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.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

You can apply for most of our Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters’ Degree courses using our online application system.  Simply click the red ‘apply now’ button above.

Your application will be dealt with by our Admissions team who will be in touch with you.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

International students

To apply for a Masters’ Degree course, please complete our 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.

If you are applying for a research degree (MPhil or PhD), you will need to submit: a CV, research proposal, transcript of academic qualifications and online application form.  Full details of how to apply for research degrees

More about the application process for international students.

More about how to apply for postgraduate courses.


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:

MMus graduate Kate Liley has started a PhD on music and health, dealing with the aspects of pedagogy at the prestigious Royal College of Music. The RCM, founded in 1882 by the then Prince of Wales (later Edward VII),  is one of the world’s greatest conservatoires who's performing groups are routinely invited to leading venues in the UK and overseas.