City, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme provides ideal training for those wishing to enter the professional world of composition and/or proceed to a research degree.

We welcome students from all over the world and from a range of backgrounds. The MA Composition develops skills in the broad field of contemporary composition, encompassing notated and digital music, sound art, improvisation and interdisciplinary practices.

The course provides a critical context for exploring key topics and issues in contemporary composition as well as a platform for presenting your own work to an audience of peers.

Engagement with professional creative practice is at the core of the MA Composition. Students have the opportunity to receive tuition from world'renowned composers external to the department. There are also opportunities to work with City’s professional ensembles'in'residence, Plus Minus and EXAUDI.

Course Modules

Core modules:

Term one

Compositional Materials and Technique (30 credits); and

Contexts of Composition (30 credits).

Term two:

Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Process (30 credits).

You will also take a 90'credit Composition Portfolio, which runs through terms two and three.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £7,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £13,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £3,750 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA £6,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • We prefer you to have an undergraduate degree in music. However, if you have an advanced level in composition you may also be considered for that pathway. We accept qualifications other than music degrees for entry onto the Ethnomusicology MA pathway.