Highfield / Highfield - Music


At Southampton you can make and study the music you care about and develop the skills you need to sound out your future.

You can specialise in areas such as performance, composition, music history and cultural studies, or study a broad range. Alongside your classes you will participate in high-profile performance projects and have the option to join some of our many performing groups and societies. Graduates go on to pursue careers in the music industry, education, music therapy and many other fields.

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