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The MMus in Popular Music Performance gives you the opportunity to hone your musical expertise to the highest standard, while engaging with research and critical thinking within the field of popular music.  

Why choose this course: 

This MMus in Popular Music Performance is aimed at individuals who wish to continue their studies after having already completed a relevant degree programme. Nexus ICA also welcomes applications for this course from those with a significant industry/professional experience.  

The course combines practical and academic study. Individual tuition and extensive ensemble work will develop your musical skills, while academic modules, including research methods and critical perspectives, will prepare you for creating and executing a final practice-based research project.  

Across the duration of the course, there will be many opportunities to collaborate both within Nexus ICA and as part of the broader community of musicians across Coventry and the West Midlands. You will also benefit from the input of a wide variety of guest lecturers, visiting speakers and our guest faculty.  

As a postgraduate student at Nexus ICA, you will combine self-directed study with support and guidance from our teaching staff, all of whom are active professionals in their field.  

You will have full access to Nexus ICA’s facilities, including fully-equipped practice rooms, library, Mac lab, and performance spaces, all of which can be booked at no extra cost.  


Final module details are subject to confirmation. However, previous iterations of this course have contained modules such as:

Performance Portfolio 1 

Ensemble and Music Direction Skills 

Research Methods 

Critical Perspectives 

Performance Portfolio 2 

Master Level Project 

Optional modules and detailed module information will be announced shortly.  

Career and study progression: 

Studying at masters level should broaden your horizons as a musician and scholar. The reality for many musicians today is that we have a multi-faceted career. This master’s degree will enable you to explore areas of interest in greater depth, develop new skills and, in all probability, open up some new avenues of investigation, musical and academic to you. 

Completion of this performance MMus will enhance your skills in your chosen fields: as a performer, musical director, educator, academic or combination of these. 

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*Please note: Our MMus will launch in September 2019 subject to approval by UWL and all applications submitted by 1st August 2019.

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Entry Requirements


A minimum of a 2.1 in a relevant undergraduate qualification, or comparable professional experience. Equivalent oversees qualifications will be considered.

International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening)


Prospective students will be required to undertake a practical audition to assess musical ability. For some applicants, there may be a written element to their application process to determine suitability for studying at postgraduate level.

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