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Masters degrees in Composition train postgraduates to devise, structure and perform new pieces of music. Specialisations include Electroacoustic Composition, Film Music and Sonic Art.
Taught MA and MMus (Master of Music) courses are typical for this field. Entry requirements normally include an undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as Music or Performance Studies.
Courses in this field allow you to explore a range of compositional styles and techniques across several industry applications. From traditional music composition and performance, through to sound exhibition and art, you may specialise in a whole host of areas.
Across all disciplines, training will be provided in the context and concepts surrounding different forms of composition, over different periods in history. You will examine the sociocultural significance of different compositional forms, exploring these in your own work through contemporary techniques.
These include notated music, digital production, improvisation and many interdisciplinary techniques, such as live recordings edited via digital means. Alongside these techniques, you will also consider composition for different audiences, within different performance sites.
Alongside conventional composition and performance, careers may include music management, broadcasting for TV or radio, music publishing or teaching.
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Started in the academic year 2012-13, the Music Department is offering a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in the area of Composition. Read more
Throughout the year you’ll take a combination of core modules that allow you to develop your skills as a musician and composer. You’ll develop your academic skills, including research and presentation skills, as well as studying the principles of composition and different professional contexts. Read more
The MA Music Composition shares delivery of core curriculum regarding practice-led research methodology with parallel MA degrees in Applied Theatre, Theatre & Performance and Fine Arts. Read more
Our MusM Composition (Instrumental and Vocal) master's course offers intensive training for composers and provides excellent preparation for doctoral work or a career in the professional world. Read more
Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments (some new, some with centuries of history) and the latest in high technology. Read more
The University of Glasgow is ranked in the world’s top 100 for Arts & Humanities. Our Postgraduate taught degrees are taught one-year full-time (two-years part-time), and start in September