MA Music Performance

This is a practical performance-based MA where you will demonstrate your critical awareness of current practice in your own specialist area through your playing or singing.

This can only be done with a fluent level of technical and expressive skill and the range of support included for the development of performance skills is extensive, including weekly individual tuition in your instrument or voice, group performance skills development each week, masterclass attendance at Chichester and at other institutions, ensemble participation, and a consultation with an external specialist each semester. This process ensures that the regular support you receive from teachers who are familiar to you is complemented by invaluable exposure to other professional views and experience of different institutions.

Students study the work of specialists in their own performance field, develop a lecture recital and research relevant areas of repertoire and performance practice. The dissertation takes the form of a recital, presented at the beginning of the following academic year.

Indicative Course Content

This course is modular and indicative taught modules are:

  • Lecture Recital
  • Portfolio Experience
  • Recital (Double Module)
  • Written Exercise (Performance Practice)
  • Written Exercise (Repertoire).


To gain a Postgraduate Certificate students need to complete the Portfolio Experience and Lecture Recital Modules.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma students must have completed and passed two of the three strands.

To gain an MA students need to have successfully completed all modules, including the Recital double module.


Full time (1 year, with final performance assessment in the first week of the following academic year).

Part time (2 years, with final performance assessment in the first week of the following academic year, or longer).

All sessions are held at the Bishop Otter Campus in Chichester. Modules are taught during weekdays, and students must be willing to travel to occasional external masterclass events in London and elsewhere.

Duration: 12 to 15 months full time. 2 to 3 years part time.

Applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant professional qualifications

We consider academic and professional qualifications of all kinds for entry to our courses. You may be able to get exemption from certain parts of your course through previous study (APL - Accreditation of Prior Learning or APEL - Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning). In order to be considered for APL or APEL, you will need to send a letter of application to the Admissions Manager, University of Chichester, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE along with copies of award certificates, or transcripts verifying what you have studied.