Postgraduate M.Mus in Popular Music Performance, validated by London College of Music.

Specialise in your desired topic in-depth, explore theories and ideas, and refine your craft on this taught Masters. Eligible for postgraduate student finance.
In partnership with the London College of Music and University of West London, this qualification has been developed to address the needs of contemporary musicians on a practical, academic and professional basis delivered by highly qualified professionals active in the music industry. Explore in-depth an area of musicianship that interests you, combine practical and academic study with extensive ensemble work and individual guidance to expand and develop your competitive edge, and gain academic recognition to explore theories and ideas.

Our masters course is available available online as a distanced learning programme with AMSonline

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500 Students
60 Professional Tutors
4 Established Regional Centres
Course Details


  • Performance Portfolio: Consolidate and build on performance skills with a focus on stylistic interpretation, technique and creativity.
  • Ensemble and Musical Direction Skills: Rehearse and perform with the aim to develop ensemble skills with an emphasis on musical direction, creative interpretation and technical skill.
  • Postgraduate Research Methods: Undertake several tasks related to your discipline, including building a portfolio of work, documentation of research and dissertation proposal or project with an annotated bibliography.
  • Critical Perspectives: Develop an understanding of key critical approaches to the study of popular music through examination of key literature. Study a series of important practitioners, genres and milestones from the landscape of popular music through analysis and critical thinking.
  • Performance Portfolio 2: Building upon the work completed in Performance Portfolio 1, further develop skills as a performer. Key factors include the development and expansion of heightened technical performance ability, alongside interpretative and stylistic traits.
  • Masters Level Project: Project or dissertation based around a research question of your choosing that has been developed during the research methods module and through discussion with the module leader.



  • Songwriting: Engage in the development, management and execution of a high-quality song portfolio. The material may be in any genre with a final presentation of a portfolio with recordings of your compositions, lead sheets and a written critique.
  • Music Pedagogy: A placement to participate in learning and teaching activities based within a community music practice with the aim to develop and execute two observed sessions.


Studying at this level will broaden your horizons as a musician and scholar, to support you in a multi-faceted career. This Masters will enable you to explore areas of interest in greater depth, develop new skills and open new avenues of investigation both musically and academically.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of a 2:1 in a related undergraduate qualification, plus a successful audition and interview. Equivalent overseas qualifications will be considered.

  • University of West London
  • Level: 7
  • Length: 1 year
  • Fees: £POA | Post-graduate funding available
  • Study Locations: Exeter • Glasgow • Gateshead • Online

Audition & Interview

Our qualifications require a successful audition and interview to enrol onto a course, but don’t be nervous! The auditions are on a 1-1 basis to assess your future potential to see what you can do, rather than what you can’t. It’s a great chance for you to see the centre, meet our fantastic tutors and ask any questions. You’re coming to us to learn and improve your skills, so we appreciate everyone has their strengths.

How To Apply

Application for this course is via the application form below