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The MMus in Popular Music Performance (available full-time and part-time) 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.  


On the Mmus you will take an exciting and diverse range of modules that will hone your practical and academic skills:

Research Informed Practice
This module gives you the opportunity to connect research into a practical performance project, exploring the socio-cultural factors involved in music creation and performance.

Ensemble and Music Direction Skills
Ensemble and Musical Direction Skills is one of your practical modules, designed to develop your performance skills. You will be playing music with your peers and other members of the Nexus ICA community.  

Research Methods
This module will train you in research methods and critical methodology as preparation for undertaking research. The module will support and advance the project work produced during the rest of your study through a developed investigation of research methods.

Critical Perspectives 
In this module you will learn to develop your status as an informed practitioner. Through analysis and critical thinking, you will greatly expand your awareness of your own work and the social, political, and musical contexts that it inhabits.

Performance Portfolio
During this practical module you will benefit from individual instrumental classes with a tutor to further your instrumental skill.

Master Level Project
This module allows you to devise and execute an ambitious, personal, self-managed project that expands and enhances your knowledge and many of the skills acquired during their course. It allows you to explore and research some of these ideas and techniques in a more focussed and detailed way.

Music Pedagogy (Optional) 
This module provides an excellent opportunity for you to grow as a music educator. The module provides a flavour of working in education, researching into pedagogical ideas and equips you with valuable skills that are transferable to your careers.

Songwriting (Optional)
This module give you the opportunity to develop as a songwriter, learning the art of communication through song and the effective use of lyric, melody, harmony and form.

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: The deadline for applications is the 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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