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The award

How long you will study
1 - 2 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 7650 per year

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
GBP 13770 per year

All study options

About Composition at City, University of London

Who is it for?

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study1 - 2 year
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesGBP 7650 per yearInternational course feesGBP 13770 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees listed are for full-time only. Part-time fees are:

UK/EU: £3,825 per year

£6,885 per year.

Entry requirements

If your first language is not English, you 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.

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