The MMus (Scottish Music) programme is the world’s leading postgraduate degree
course in traditional Scottish music. The programme offers advanced training to talented
traditional musicians from a diverse range of undergraduate degrees or their equivalent, allowing
them to develop their skills on their main instruments in the contexts of practical and academic
studies and enabling them to pursue a variety of careers or further research to PhD level. Piping
tuition on the MMus is delivered in collaboration with the
National Piping Centre, which is
internationally recognised as a centre of excellence in Highland Bagpipe teaching.
With opportunities for outreach work and tours both within Scotland and abroad, the
programme offers a unique training for individuals wanting to make a career in traditional music.
Students concentrate on developing their performance skills on their principal study, and spend
time informing and supporting their study with a wide and diverse range of elective classes and
vocational experiences, including recording and producing, arts management and practice-based
Principal studies include accordion, Highland bagpipe (taught in collaboration with
the National Piping Centre, Glasgow), guitar, Scottish harp, fiddle, flute (Boehmar or simple
system), percussion and singing (Scots and/or Gaelic). All students receive a minimum of a 90
minute lesson per week and can also opt to study other instruments in addition to many other
contextual subjects, including session or band work, Gaelic and Scots languages, historical and
analytical studies and many more. MMus (Scottish Music) students may exit the degree after the
first year with a Postgraduate Diploma, or may complete the full MMus degree in one year
through an intensive route.