MA Music Performance Studies

Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

We have expertise in everything from musicology and ethnomusicology to performance, composition and music management.

Studying a performance based masters in a university where there are experts in others areas is a great opportunity. Being able to address my performance with new perspectives as a result of cross-specialisation input has brought new ideas and freshness to my own approach as a musician.

Alison York, Postgraduate student in Department of Music

About the course

Course description 2017

This unique course combines traditional areas of study, such as history and theory, with newer disciplines including music psychology and ethnomusicology.

We have a reputation for research of international quality and play an important role in Sheffield’s thriving cultural life, promoting over 60 concerts a year as well as productions of opera in the University’s theatre. We also have close links with Music in the Round, which brings some of the world’s finest musicians to Sheffield.

Music student with member of staff

Course content

Module information on department website

Teaching and assessment

Individual instrumental or vocal tuition, seminars and individual tutorials. You will be assessed by a recital at the end of the course, presentations and coursework.

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Other qualifications may be acceptable depending on your background, for instance a degree in drama, psychology or another subject, equivalent life experience or a performance diploma from a conservatoire or academy.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Funding information on the Department of Music website

University and faculty funding is available each year. The closing date for applications is mid-January. The department has a small number of tuition studentships available. The closing date for these is the end of April. You can also apply for a small grant to support your postgraduate research project.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0461

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.