2019 start


Department of Music, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Immerse yourself in contemporary music. This course is taught by internationally-renowned composers who are all active in their respective fields.
Composing music at a piano

Course description

This course gives you the chance to immerse yourself in the creation and presentation of contemporary music. You can specialise in instrumental composition and explore a broad range of compositional approaches and techniques while collaborating with performers.

Alternatively, you can specialise in electronic/electroacoustic composition, with the opportunity to explore creative applications of analogue/digital technologies, real-time audio processing techniques, and aesthetics of sonic art.

Our course provides you with skills, techniques and experiences that prepare you for doctoral work or employment in the creative arts.

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Core modules

Module information on department website


  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Graduate study days


Assessment takes a variety of forms such as compositions and essays.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

MA Composition developed and strengthened my compositional voice with tutorials, live opportunities, and conferences. It gave me the opportunity to collaborate with an engineer on a very unique sound installation. Most significantly, it changed the way I think and write about music with group discussions and focused dissertation study. This is a valuable and rewarding degree for composers who welcome a challenge.

Stephen Theofanous
MA Composition

Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.

Funding information on the Department of Music website

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.