Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course Introduction

Guildhall School offers some of the most stimulating and creative training for composers in the UK. Studying composition at Guildhall Artist Masters level prepares you for professional life as a composer. It allows you to explore and refine your individual artistic voice within the atmosphere of a busy, modern conservatoire, while also giving you space for self-reflection.

The programme is primarily practical and project-based, but you will also be supported by weekly analytical and theoretical seminars. All students are expected to meet a series of deadlines as the year progresses ? essential preparation for a professional career.

During the year, students produce a portfolio of compositions supported by a written commentary on the year?s work. These core projects include extensive workshopping opportunities and performances.

Exceptional students on Part One will be given the opportunity to continue their studies into Part Two. During the year, you will independently undertake a portfolio of three substantial compositional projects alongside your one-to-one tuition, strengthening your artistic and professional development. After completing part one MMus students can study part two Master of Composition (MComp)

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £9,820 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £9,820 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £22,250 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £6,550 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £6,550 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus £14,830 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have obtained an undergraduate degree with Honours in Music, or international equivalent, as a result of completing a minimum of three years in a music college or university music department. Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience. Applicants who are not native speakers of English must have achieved a minimum overall score of 5.5 in the IELTS Academic Training examination with no individual component score below 5.5 (or equivalent).