Royal Academy Of Music

Course Introduction

This is the standard postgraduate programme for composers. Composition at the Academy has an international reputation centred on intensive project'based programmes. All work is rehearsed and recorded in regular workshops with instrumental and vocal students. Many opportunities arise for student compositions to be played by ensembles and orchestras, and commissions are offered to write for a large number of events.

Course Modules

Principal study aims and objectives; composition portfolio: a number of compositions, as specified in faculty requirements and negotiated with the head of department; reports from individual lessons and from coursework in: conducting; orchestration; analysis; skills tests (including take'away paper and special projects); professional portfolio; learning outcomes; aims and objectives; learning outcomes; dissertation; concert project (the organisation and presentation of a concert built around their own music).

Course Additional Entry

A performance standard at least equivalent to that of a recognised music diploma in your principal'study. You should normally be completing (or have completed) an undergraduate programme of musical study at the time of application. For the MA and MMus, to enrol you must possess a good Honours Bachelor degree (normally in Music: Level 6 in the UK's National Qualification Framework), otherwise an international qualification of an equivalent standard from a university or educational institution of university rank is required. You may verify the acceptability of your qualifications with the admissions officer. If you are applying for the MMus, you must provide 2 pieces of academic written work on musical subjects. Each piece should be between 1,000 and 2,000 words in length. (If you already have a longer piece of work, for example a thesis, please choose a representative extract for 1 of these items). You must also write a concert proposal or a research project proposal.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MMus £24,120  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Full Time
MMus £13,470  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • Course specific