Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

This course is eligible for Master's loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

21 September 2020

Duration

1 year full-time

Places available (subject to change)

10-20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472375

About the course

We're proud to have been awarded The Queen's Anniversary Prize in 2015 for ‘world-leading work to promote, produce and present contemporary music to an international audience'. This represents one of the most coveted distinctions in UK Higher Education.

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, where the University of Huddersfield was 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, where the University of Huddersfield was 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

We have a thriving community of postgraduate musicians who receive regular individual tuition from staff who are recognised nationally and internationally in their chosen specialisms, and by a team of part-time instrumental and vocal teachers from regional and national orchestras, many of whom are distinguished solo performers.

You’ll have many opportunities to perform by taking part in directed ensembles, amongst which are the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Big Band, Symphonic Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Choir, Chamber Choir, Opera Group, New Music Ensemble, Early Music Ensemble, Folk Group, Samba Band, Blues Group, Improvisation Group, and A Cappella Choir, as well as various chamber music ensembles.

Our Live Music at the University of Huddersfield series features a range of weekly student concerts, as well as recitals and masterclasses by guest artists. Recent visitors have included Emma Kirkby (voice), Garth Knox (viola), Anton Lyakhovsky (piano), Neil Heyde (cello), Richard Haynes (clarinet), Jah Wobble (pop ensembles), Lore Lixenberg (voice), John Scott Whiteley (organ), Claude Delangle and Snake Davis (saxophone), Ensemble 360,vocal ensemble EXAUDI, and the instrumental group ELISION.

Students on the Music Performance Postgraduate Diploma benefit from the vibrant and diverse musical culture of Music and Music Technology at Huddersfield. Covering everything from historically-informed performance and early music, through to pop, jazz, electroacoustic, and contemporary music cultures, the staff and student community at Huddersfield is one where performance and practical musicianship are at the heart of the curriculum. You are taught by world-class performers, participate in a range of workshops and masterclasses, and have opportunities to work collaboratively with other performers and composers on projects that develop both your independence and creativity as a new generation of professional musicians. Supported by outstanding on-campus performance venues, industry-standard studio and recording facilities, and a range of instrumental and technical resources, Huddersfield performers are at the cutting edge of both historical and contemporary musical traditions.

Catherine Howarth

Dr Catherine Haworth, Senior Lecturer and Head of Musicology

Course detail

Recital

You make a detailed study of a programme of recital pieces chosen in consultation with your individual teacher. Together with your teacher you devise a study scheme to develop appropriate technical abilities and consider in detail issues of interpretation and methods of presentation. Lessons will also include discussion of interpretative and technical issues arising from the reading of a wider repertory than that required purely for assessment. Assessment is by means of two recitals, the first in January and the second in June/July (30% and 70% respectively).

Performance Studies

You participate in a series of lectures and seminars that aim to develop critical thinking and analytical methods, discussing critical issues confronting all performers. These enable you to develop independent and original interpretative approaches to your performance and to articulate these clearly. You perform in front of other students from a combination of courses (Year 3 undergraduate, PGDip, MRes) in workshops and are encouraged to make constructive criticism of your own and others’ performances, giving you the opportunity to develop skills in communicating your musical ideas. Masterclasses and research fora by professional performers at the forefront of their fields aim to deepen your awareness of finer details of performance style. Assessment is through a 20–25 minute seminar or lecture-recital (33%), a 1,500 word learning journal (25%) and a 2,500 word portfolio (42%).

Applied Performance

You explore and assess critically ways in which your previous and current performance skills can be developed and applied in new situations, and/or extended through the acquisition of additional complementary performance skills. With the guidance of the Course Leader, you select two areas of applied performance that will take you on this developmental journey from a range of electives that will be offered each year (from such topics as chamber music, directed ensembles, keyboard skills and others), dependent on staff availability. Teaching is by means of lectures and workshops and assessment by two 20-minute performances (each 35%) and a 3,000 word portfolio (30%).

Entry requirements

Admission is available to Honours graduates in Music and holders of graduate diplomas in Music. You should have achieved a standard of vocal or instrumental performance equivalent to that of the LRSM Performers' Diploma.

Your application should be supported by references from 2 referees, at least one of whom should have knowledge of your current abilities within music. Applicants will be auditioned.

Teaching excellence

Music at the University of Huddersfield is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of performers and researchers. Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications. Our international postgraduate student community includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists.

In the 2014 REF, 85% of music research at Huddersfield was judged to be Internationally Excellent, with 44% of the overall submission ranked as ‘World-Leading’. In addition to a strong profile of individual research outputs, Huddersfield’s research environment for music was tied for 7th in the sector, alongside Edinburgh, Southampton, Royal Holloway and Cambridge. The impact of Huddersfield’s music research was judged to be 5th among the 84 submissions in music, drama, dance and performing arts, receiving the second highest possible score. The ranking for impact acknowledges the breadth and reach of research at Huddersfield, with impact case studies encompassing innovations in music technology and audio software, historically-informed performance practice in early music, and intercultural exchange in music composition as a model for social change.

There are five research centres in Music Technology; the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), the Huddersfield Centre for Performance Research (HuCPeR), Centre for the Study of Music, Gender and Identity (MUGI), the Sound.Music.Image Collaboration Research Centre (SMIC) and the Popular Music Studies Research Group.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant. For more information see the Research section of our website..

Student Work

Your Career


Make the most of our excellent facilities, national and internationally renowned teaching staff and diverse opportunities for performance to enhance your skills in preparation for your career.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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