City, University of London

Course Introduction

The programme provides ideal training for those wishing to enter the professional world of music 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. We have an outstanding reputation for dynamic, inspiring and rigorous postgraduate education and we offer exceptional support to our students. Our students come from all over the world and benefit from our location in the heart of London, one of the world?s greatest cultural hubs.

We use a range of assessment methods, including projects, portfolio submissions and extended creative tasks and accompanying commentary. Our MA programmes have excellent employment statistics. Students have gone on to teach, compose and perform in a wide variety of settings, and are also employed in areas such as music publishing, broadcasting, music management, arts administration and further musical study at MPhil or PhD level. 100% of our graduates are in employment 6 months after graduation, and graduates are mostly working as Freelance composers.

Start Date:

EXPECTED SEP-2019.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,650 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £7,650 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,770 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,825 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £3,825 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £6,885 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants should normally hold (or expect to gain) an upper second class honours degree. While most students come with a first degree in Music, we do consider applicants with a good honours degree in related subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences, if they can demonstrate compositional expertise and experience.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English will need to achieve one of the following English language test scores: IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each sub-test); Cambridge Proficiency grade C or above; evidence that the medium of instruction for your first degree was in English; Your English test should have been taken in the last two years.