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MA

Composition

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 offers an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the creation of either instrumental or electroacoustic composition. You can choose to specialise in instrumental composition and explore a broad range of compositional approaches and techniques while collaborating with performers. Alternatively, you may specialise in electronic/electroacoustic composition which includes the opportunity to explore creative applications of analogue/digital technologies, real-time audio processing techniques, and aesthetics of sonic art.

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

Our expertise, your future

The University of Sheffield's Department of Music features a broad spectrum of contemporary compositional practice, including instrumental, electronic and mixed-media.

We'll encourage you to explore contemporary composition through various approaches to materials, structures and forms, and to define and refine your creative voice in both instrumental and electronic music.

Our distinguished composers bring their expertise to your course. We'll help you develop a diverse portfolio of your work. In recent years many of our postgraduate composers have received international awards in composition competitions around the globe. 

You'll need to provide a portfolio with your application.

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Modules

Core modules

  • Research Techniques
  • Interdisciplinary Music Studies
  • Collaborative Project (Composition MA)
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Composition Dissertation

Further information on department website

Optional modules

  • Electroacoustic Techniques
  • Instrumental Techniques

Teaching

  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Graduate study days

Learn more about your supervisors

Assessment

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

Duration

  • 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.

Provide a portfolio with your application

When you apply you'll need to provide a portfolio in the form of a video. It must include two contrasting pieces of different styles and eras that demonstrate your expressive and technical flexibility. Classical singers should choose works in two different languages. Musicians performing in a popular style can choose works from the same era but they should show sufficient contrast. The portfolio should be approximately 20 minutes.

To submit your portfolio, you should do one of the following:

  • upload your video recordings with your postgraduate online application
  • provide an online link to your performance portfolio in your postgraduate online application
  • send a DVD by post addressed to: Music Admissions, MA Music Performance Studies, University of Sheffield, Department of Music, Jessop Building, 34 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 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

Apply

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

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Contact

music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
+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.