Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

The MMus in Composition fosters their ability to compose and notate music, and to develop their own personal musical language. Students explore a wide range of technical procedures for contemporary composition and engage intellectually and critically with related theories and concepts. There are many practical opportunities to work with performers, including the Department of Music's ensemble-in-residence, and other artistic collaborators. The composition pathway appeals to composers interested in a wide range of contemporary music including Boulez, Stockhausen, Birtwistle, Carter, Xenakis, spectral music and improvised music. There's a focus on fundamental issues concerning pitch, time and pulse, and covers topics such as orchestration, advanced instrumental techniques, large-scale structure. Composers taking this pathway may elect to take options in studio-based composition, providing they have the requisite prior experience. Students will develop strategies and methodologies for creative practice, critical reflection and evaluation and skills in the contextualisation of creative work.

Start Date:

2019-OCT-01. 2019-OCT-01.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £6,990 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £6,990 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £14,330 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £3,495 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £3,495 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £7,165 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant/related subject. Their qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the pathway. A detailed transcript of their degree is preferred. Students might also be considered for some programmes if they aren?t a graduate or their degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that students have the ability to work at postgraduate level.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.