Music students performing

Study your performance field and use your research to develop a lecture recital

You can choose to study this course via distance learning.

1 year Full Time, 2 years Part Time
Bishop Otter Campus (Chichester)


The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 1000 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

This MA Music Performance degree will support you to enhance and perfect your performance. You will explore the work of specialists in your own performance field, develop a lecture recital and research relevant areas of repertoire and performance practice. Your dissertation is a recital presented at the beginning of the following academic year.

You can choose to study this MA online.

Teaching and Assessment

How you will learn

This course requires a fluent level of technical and expressive skill. You will attend weekly individual tuition in your instrument or voice, weekly group skills development sessions, masterclasses at Chichester and other institutions, ensemble training, and a consultation with an external specialist each semester. The support you receive from University lecturers is complemented by invaluable exposure to other professional views and experience of different institutions throughout your studies. 

Ben Lathbury

Ben Lathbury went on to perform as a recitalist, take on a post as Head of Music at a secondary school, and to conduct choirs and orchestras.
"What I particularly loved about doing my MA at Chichester was the diversity afforded to the word ‘performance'. Rather than just focusing totally on playing my instrument, it gave me the opportunity to explore other avenues of performance, some of which have been integral to the progression of my career. The faculty are champions of asking the questions you need in order to help your projects move in the direction you want them to and the department facilities are superb."

The Course

What you will study

You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits is delivered differently, depending on its content and focus of study.

This list is indicative and subject to change.

Lecture Recital

You will identify an appropriate professional performance context and demonstrate the particular strategies it demands of the player, singer or conductor. You are encouraged to identify your own practice with the work of individual artists who are active in a relevant field.

Portfolio Experience

In this module, you will explore a range of community and professional performance contexts and the varied strategies that these demand of the player, singer or conductor, using the module criteria to evaluate observed approaches to programming and repertoire. Case studies of current performance practice will be introduced by tutors, and as the module progresses you will be encouraged to identify your own practice with the work of individual artists active in a relevant field.


This module’s content will depend on the choice of performed material of the individual students, but will focus on three main areas of personal development:

  1. the achievement of technical and expressive maturity
  2. the identification of a demonstrably appropriate repertoire or a mix of repertoire which is able to foreground individual strengths
  3. the acquisition and consolidation of strong performance and communication skills.

Repertoire Exercise

You will select an area of your own repertoire to research theoretically and in terms of its broader context, presenting results either in written form or as a linked sequence of performance recordings.

Written Exercise (Performance Practice)

This module builds on the previous module and is an opportunity to reflect on the specialist practice that exists within your own discipline. You will examine individual elements of performance as well as more innovative performance techniques, which must be translated into discrete terms for the instrument or voice.


Use industry standard equipment


Learn from experienced performers, musicians and tutors

You will be taught by a core team of experienced and highly qualified tutors alongside a wide-ranging team of more than 60 specialist instrumental and vocal teachers.

As well as supporting student development and the student experience our staff are active, practicing professional musicians and researchers who regularly perform and record. We have around 140 professional tutors who visit campus regularly throughout the semester to deliver our practical and contextual modules. You will be supported by your one-to-one tutor and your module tutors, as well as your Academic Advisor.

Course Costs

Course Fees 2023/24

UK fee
International fee

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fees page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

University of Chichester alumni who have completed a full undergraduate degree at the University will receive a 15% discount on their postgraduate fees.


Entry Requirements

Typical offers (individual offers may vary):

Honours degree
2:2 or higher
in a related discipline.
with no element lower than 5.5.


You will need to interview for this course.


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