Master Performance (Work-Based Learning)

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP10995 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP6950 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Dates reflect the university's timezone.

Tuition fee
  • GBP10995 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP6950 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


Part-time tuition fees: Home and EU students: £3,500; Overseas students: £5,500

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content


  • 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.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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  • 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).

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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