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MA Music Performance

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Institution C58


Bishop Otter campus (Chichester)

12 to 15 months Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,950

2021/22 International fee: £14,300

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

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

Entry Requirements 

  • An honours degree at 2:2 or higher in a related discipline
  • International applicants will be required to provide evidence of IELTS 6.5 (with no element less than 5.5) or equivalent
  • You will also be required to attend an interview for this course

Student view

Ben Lathbury
MA Performance
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.

Course content

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK with a community of over 400 student performers. Our facilities include computerised recording and media studios, well equipped practice rooms and an acoustically superb performance venue.

Our MA Music Performance degree requires 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.



This course starts in September


Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students.

At the Bishop Otter campus there is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in our modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons) and an acoustically superb performance venue. The Music department have access to several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms. The Chapel is a fantastic venue for performances and rehearsals, and is the centrepiece of the campus.

The Learning Resource is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Indicative modules

Lecture Recital

Students will be required to identify an appropriate professional performance context and demonstrate the particular strategies that this demands of the player, singer or conductor. Connections with the previous module will be made by tutors, and as the module progresses students will be encouraged to identify their own practice with the work of individual artists active in a relevant field.

Portfolio Experience

Students will be required to 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.

Recital (Double Module)

Students will focus on developing a personal repertoire and producing a high standard in performance within that repertoire, demonstrating technical and expressive maturity. An appropriate balance in programming with the freedom to elect either solo or ensemble, chamber or accompanied performance or accompaniment itself reflects the further development of individual specialist skills as an aspirant practitioner.

Written Exercise (Performance Practice)

This module provides a natural complement for the previous module and aims to offer students an opportunity to reflect on the specialist practice that exists within their own discipline and to examine the raft of individual elements — reflected in tessitura, articulation, dynamics etc. — as well as more innovative techniques of performance, which must be translated into discrete terms for the instrument or voice.

Written Exercise (Repertoire)

To provide students with an opportunity to select an area of their own repertoire to research theoretically and in terms of its broader context. To give students the opportunity to organise and sustain in depth study and research of musical materials over a period of time.​

International English Studies

Include International English Studies: 

Teaching and assessment

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.

Additional Costs

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