A bachelor degree in music or equivalent qualification, or a diploma in music.
If your degree is in another subject we may also consider you if you have A level Music, or ABRSM grade 8 theory.
We may also consider equivalent qualifications or other professional experience.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of Music admissions team.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications
International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes
How to apply
We will consider applications from 1 October – 1 September.
However, we recommend you apply as early as possible, especially if you are planning to apply for external funding. You will usually be expected to have an offer of a place on a programme before you apply for funding. You may also need to leave time to make arrangements such as visa applications or relocating to Leeds.
This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Documents and information you need
Your degree certificate and transcript, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying.
Two academic references.
If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide evidence of your English language qualification.
If you want to take performance as your optional module, we need to see evidence of your performance standard. You can either audition in person or submit a recording on DVD, or a link to a video of your performance online.
If you want to take a module in composition, please submit a recent composition (if score, no larger than A4) and recordings if you have them.
These can include links to websites, Dropbox, Soundcloud ,or similar.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
School of Music Taught Postgraduate Admissions Policy
- UK/EU: £8,500 (total)
- International: £20,000 (total)
Read more about paying fees and charges.
Visit our Brexit page for the latest information on the effect of the UK's exit from the EU on current students and applicants to the University.
For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.
Additional cost information
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
Scholarships and financial support
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.