Highfield / Highfield - Music


Our flexible courses comprise an innovative range of options across performance, composition and academic study. Academic and performance bursaries are available for outstanding students.

Our BA Music includes performance, composition and musicology and embraces an exciting and eclectic range of musical styles. We also offer options in the music business, music therapy and community music.

The BA Music and Management Sciences develops your understanding of key management functions in addition to a musical education and gives you the opportunity to apply skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, numeracy and self-management. 

Year abroad programmes

Our four-year year abroad courses give undergraduates the opportunity to study for an academic year at a university in another part of the world. Destinations include Europe, Asia and North America:

BA Music and Management Sciences with Year Abroad
BA Music with Year Abroad

Music - taught courses

We offer two study routes at masters level through a portfolio of taught programmes including Master of Music (MMus) and Master of Arts (MA).

The MMus features three pathways - musicology, performance or composition - leading towards a final project (dissertation, recital or portfolio). Modules may be combined across the pathways to design a course that fits your needs.

For performers or musicologists wanting to study music from before 1800 in a broad cultural context, we offer an two interdisciplinary MAs through our humanities research centres: the MA in Medieval and Renaissance Culture, through the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Culture, and the MA in 18th-Century Studies, through the Southampton Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies.

Music - research

Southampton is ranked as one of the top two universities for music in the UK, with an ‘excellent’ rating for teaching quality.

For those wishing to go on to a doctoral programme, Music offers excellent research facilities and expert supervision in a wide variety of subjects; our range of staff expertise is among the broadest in the country, embracing repertories from medieval music to the 20th century.

We offer a large number of studentships to support doctoral level studies across the whole range of the discipline, including performance and composition as well as musicology.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate taught courses

Postgraduate PhD courses