School of Performing Arts

Creative Practice and Performance (Music)

MA Full-time 12 months, Part-time 2 years

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Music) will allow you to hone your creative and performance skills in relation to current practice in music.

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Music) will allow you to hone your creative and performance skills in relation to current practice in music.

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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award MA
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (12 months), Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Music) will allow you to hone your creative and performance skills in relation to current practice in music. This pathway is specifically designed to allow you to work collaboratively as a practitioner whilst developing subject-specific and employability-focussed skills.

The course is aimed at graduates from any music-related discipline and is also suitable for those already in employment in the arts industries or the music sector, for example, those working as teachers or performers.

You will study in the state-of-the-art Performance Hub, allowing you to work in an industry-focused environment. Facilities of the Performance Hub include: extensive practice and band rooms, two professional recording studios featuring SSL consoles and PMC monitors, a 5:1 surround sound listening room, and two technology suites with Apple iMacs running industry-standard software including Pro Tools, Logic Pro and Sibelius.

Your studies will be supported by experienced staff who possess expertise in professional performance, composition, and music pedagogy.

What happens on the course?

The MA Creative Practice and Performance (Music) is aimed at any graduate in Music or Popular Music with interests and strengths in all areas of music performance and leadership, musical direction and conducting, composition, analysis, musicology and pedagogy.

Study at masters’ level in music offers you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and critical awareness of current trends in the professional practice and promotion of music creation and performance. You are encouraged and enabled to focus on issues of technique in the performance and interpretation of music from both practical and theoretical perspectives and you are required to analyse and reflect on your preferred approach and cultural ‘take’.

The application and development of your interests and skills will ultimately determine the precise nature of your degree and its usefulness to you as a practising musician, teacher, researcher, etc. You will demonstrate self-direction and autonomy in defining your relationship to the broad field of performance while continuing to advance your understanding and skills and your final project acts as a summation of all that you will achieve.

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As a graduate of this course you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a systematic understanding of the field of music, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights at the forefront of your academic discipline
  2. apply a comprehensive range of techniques relevant to your own research, scholarship and practice in music
  3. apply knowledge in original ways, together with an understanding of how established techniques of research and practice are used to create and interpret knowledge in music
  4. critically evaluate current practice, research and advanced scholarship in music
  5. deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements in the absence of complete data, and communicate your conclusions clearly to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  6. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6400 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3200 per year 2020-21
Home Full-time £6550 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £7995 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3275 per year 2021-22
Home Part-time £3998 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £13350 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13950 per year 2021-22

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.


You will need a good degree (2:2 or above) in Music or Popular Music, with strengths in Music Performance and/or Music Performance Studies. All students will be interviewed/auditioned to assess their suitability and preparedness for the course.Candidates will be considered with a significant track record of professional experience in a relevant field, but without a BA (Hons) degree. To do this, non-standard applicants in this category will be interviewed, and may be asked to produce a piece of written work as a means of assessing their suitability. Applicants from overseas should also have a good standard of written and spoken English (normally IELTS 6.5 or equivalent)



Postgraduate Loan (Home Fee Status):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,570 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at Masters Loans

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as Overseas (International) students for fee purposes. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught on-site postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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