Department of Music,
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
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.
- Individual tutorials
- 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.
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.
Fees and funding
University and faculty funding is available each year. The department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.
You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.
+44 114 222 0495
The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.