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1-2 years
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
London
English

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MMus Composition

The MMus Composition fosters your ability to compose and notate music, and to develop your own personal musical language. 

You 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.

There are also opportunities to work with visiting professional musicians and meet visiting composers, which have included Harrison Birtwistle, Michael Finnissy, Brian Ferneyhough and Jonathan Harvey.

Admission requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant/related subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the pathway. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Program content

Compulsory modules

  • Compositional Techniques
  • Material, Form and Structure

Option modules

  • Advanced Music Studies
  • Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise
  • Audiovisual Composition
  • Composition and Moving Image Media
  • Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates
  • Interactive and Generative Music
  • Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology)
  • Research through Musical Performance
  • Sound Agendas
  • Studio Practice
  • Philosophies of Music

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition

  • Local students - full-time: £8370
  • Local students - part-time: £4185
  • International Students- full-time: £15360

Career paths

You'll develop strategies and methodologies for creative practice, critical reflection and evaluation and skills in the contextualisation of creative work.

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Goldsmiths, University of London

With an academic legacy dating back to 1891, Goldsmiths has a rich heritage in the arts and creative disciplines and offers degrees in subjects from the humanities and social sciences to computing and law. Students at Goldsmiths are encouraged to...


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Goldsmiths, University of London

8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW London
United Kingdom

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