Brunel University London

Course Introduction

This programme is aimed at students who wish to study musical composition to an advanced level. It provides a grounding in the main compositional techniques of the 20th and 21st centuries, and helps them to use this understanding in their original work. There are regular opportunities to hear work played, students are free to pursue options in performance, sonic art, and musicology in addition to their core composition modules.

Course Modules

Level 1: Composition I (20); Musicianship (20); Materials of Music (20); Musicology I: histories, forms and structures (20); Sound Recording & Sonic Arts (20); Performance I (20). Level 2: Composition II (20); optional: Musicology II: genres (20); Performance II (Classical or Experimental) (20); Performance II (Popular Music or Jazz) (20); Sonic Arts II (40); Conducting and Realisation (20); Instrumentation and Orchestration (20); Music and Perception (20); Popular Music Studies (20); Stylistic Improvisation (20); Free Improvisation (20); Jazz and Pop arranging (20); Professional Development (20). Level 3: Composition III (40); Special Project (40); optional: Musicology III: towards the new music (40); Performance III (Classical or Experimental) (40); Performance III (Popular Music or Jazz) (40); Sonic Arts III (40); Conducting and Realisation (20); Instrumentation and Orchestration (20); Music and Perception (20); Popular Music Studies (20); Stylistic Improvisation (20); Free Improvisation (20); Jazz and Pop arranging (20); Professional Development (20).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus £13,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
BMus £6,750  Academic year. First year home fees

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level BBB-BBB
  • BTEC National Diploma DDM