Postgraduate Composition and Contemporary Music: Your Experience

Our intensive postgraduate programmes have a full schedule of project-work which includes numerous workshops, performances and recordings of student compositions.

At this level, you will already have a firm foundation in the technical and analytical aspects of composition, so we offer you opportunities to gain further experience composing in as wide a range of professional contexts as possible, while stimulating the ongoing development of your particular compositional personality.

Masters in Composition Programme (MA and MMus)

Our Masters programmes are designed to enable you to develop both artistically and technically by means of a range of compositional activities. The programme offers you the opportunity to write for a variety of resources and for different functions, all in preparation for the requirements of the professional musical world.

Composition students normally study on a two-year Master of Music (MMus) programme but, in exceptional circumstances, can take it in one year. All postgraduate MMus composers engage in academic project-work and go on to prepare a Masters Project. This can take the form of a concert based around your own research, compositions or performance interests, or a substantial written document - or even a combination of both.

Some composers choose to take the one-year Master of Arts (MA). This programme includes the same project work, but does not have the final Masters Project or academic project-work.

MPhil/PhD Programme in Composition

At this advanced level of study, we encourage you to pursue your artistic development to the highest possible level and to reflect critically upon the significance of your compositional activity through analytical exploration and collaborative work in a performance environment.

Such intensive and wide-ranging study will allow you to extend your scope and effectiveness as a composer, while offering you relevant training to the task of teaching or lecturing in composition in a conservatoire or university music department.

Professors

Our composition professors are dedicated teachers and active composers with professional musical careers of all kinds. Collectively, they have a wide-range of industry knowledge and insight into all aspects of the profession. Teachers are allocated after successful auditions; students can express a desire to study with a specific teacher and the Head of Composition will review such requests.

Visiting composers come in frequently to work with students in masterclasses, give lectures, and teach one-to-one lessons. Recent visitors to the Academy include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen, Hans Abrahamsen, Rolf Wallin and Bent Sørensen.

See our list of distinguished Composition Professors and visiting artists.