These details are subject to ratification in December 2017.
The MMus programme allows for specialism in particular research areas, but all students take the following courses, further details of which can be seen here:
- A Special Study (60 credits)
- The core MMus course ('Skills in Advanced Musical Study', 20 credits)
- 5 elective courses (each worth 20 credits)
For students choosing to specialize in ethnomusicology, musicology, or performance, the MMus in Advanced Musical Studies could for example comprise:
- A Special Study (a 13,000–14,000-word dissertation or a 50 minute recital; performers can also choose to specialise in Conducting)
- The core MMus course
- 1 elective related to your chosen pathway (e.g. 'Techniques of Performance Studies' or 'Techniques of Ethnomusicology')
- 4 additional electives from the Music department or any other.
For students specialising in composition, the degree could for example comprise:
- A Special Study (12-14 minutes of original music)
- The core MMus course
- 3 electives in Composition
- 2 additional electives of choice from the Music Department or any other.
Although the elective course units on offer vary slightly from year to year, the electives available for students to choose between will typically include:
Three in composition from the following:
- Practical Composition Projects
- Composing for Ensemble
- Media and Commercial Composition
- Fusion Electronics and Sonic Art
Two each in the following areas:
- Music History
- Performance Studies
And the following:
- Theory and Analysis
- Topics in Multimedia and Film Music
- Documenting Performance
- Short Recital
Others courses may, however, also be offered, including Studies in Musical Sources, Music and Management, Issues in Popular Music, Music Since 1900, and Schenkerian Analysis.
The PGDip in Music Performance programme is designed to develop specific techniques, skills and knowledge relevant to the musical performance interests of individual students, equip students for performance at an advanced/professional level and allow for both contextualised study and distinct specialism within the field of performance. Courses are delivered and most coursework tasks submitted during terms one and two, enabling students to focus on preparation for their Special Study Recital for the remainder of the programme. Students work towards a Special Study Recital (worth 80 credits): MU5539 Special Study: Performance. They must also take two electives (20 credits each) from the Department of Music (one of these may be MU5500 Skills in Advanced Musical Studies, the MMus Core Course, if the student wishes). The part-time programme lasts 104 weeks, beginning in September of year one. Part-time students normally take two electives in their first year, and work towards the Special Study Recital in their second year.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Mode
Our department also offers the more relaxed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) mode of study where students with ongoing professional careers take modules over a four or five-year period. Here, the Core Course is taken in the first year and the Special Study in the last.
Elective courses are typically assessed by essay (4,000–5,000 words), composition portfolio, or performance. At least one of the electives you choose from this list must be in the same area as your Special Study (i.e. in the broad area of ethnomusicology, music history, etc.). Up to two electives may be substituted for course units taken in other departments at Royal Holloway (such as languages or history).
In addition to the Special Study and the five electives, all students take the core 'Skills in Advanced Musical Studies', which consists of five lectures in the first term (leading to a 2,500-word essay) plus a second component chosen from a wide range of different research training options (including seminars at the Institute for Musical Research and Visiting Lecturer series). This component is assessed mostly by essay but there is scope for other kinds of assignment by agreement.
Part-time students take Skills in Advanced Musical Studies plus three electives in the first year, followed by the remaining two electives and Special Study in the second year.
Our Department also offers the more relaxed Continuing professional Development (CPD) mode of study where students with ongoing professional careers take modules over a four or five-year period. Here, the Core Course is taken in the first year and the Special Study in the last.
Application to the MMus should be made directly to the College. Candidates may be called to interview and be asked to submit examples of written work in support of their application.
If you wish to pursue a Special Study in Performance rather than a dissertation, an authenticated 20 minute audition recording of three contrasting pieces should be submitted.
If you wish to pursue a Special Study in Composition, a small portfolio of original music is requested for review.
Details of how to apply are given on the Royal Holloway graduate application page.
Please see this link for the English Language requirements.
Our scholarships are decided on the basis of academic merit. Please see information on our competitive scholarships here.
If you completed your undergraduate degree here and enrol on a Masters course, you will automatically receive a ten per cent discount on your tuition fees. For more information, see here.