University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Music (Conducting)

The purpose of the programme is to train students to advanced levels in the academic, practical and technical areas of music; it is distinctive in its range of musicological, vocational and practice-based elements. You will: Benefit from the diversity of our research strengths and our reputation for excellent teaching; take 2 compulsory research training modules which develop academic, writing and presentational skills, as well as providing an introduction to contemporary developments in musical practice and research; students then take a combination of compulsory pathway-related modules and options. Having completed the Postgraduate Diploma stage of the programme, you will progress to Master's stage and submit a folio of work in your chosen specialism. The conducting pathway is only available part-time and is designed to develop conducting techniques to a professional level and to enhance the understanding of relevant theoretical principles. You will attend conducting classes (score analysis and preparation, rehearsal techniques, gestural techniques, critical analysis of recordings, and so on) and contribute to rehearsals with the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, ensembles and Chamber Choir.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree, with music being a prominent part. Approved equivalent qualifications or experience will be considered, particularly in the case of overseas students and candidates with less conventional educational backgrounds. Applicants will be required to support their application with a sample of their work. English language requirements IELTS 6.5, minimum component score 6.0 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Research training for practitioners A and B; conducting A and B; advanced conducting. Optional modules: Composition A and B; orchestral management 1 and 2; performance A and B; screen music studies; studio techniques; African American music; historical performance practice; compositional techniques; contemporary issues in the cultural industries; compositional programming; applied music; digital improvisation 2; 19th Century aesthetics; pluralism in Western music; Anglo Celtic song traditions; opera studies; Baroque fugue in practice; musical theatre; rock track poetics; jazz studies 2.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Part-time £ 2,900 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
MMus Part-time £ 6,900 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months
MMus Part-time £ 2,900 per Academic year (EU fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

Key information

Telephone number: 
01483 682222