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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
(This course is a pathway under the 'MFA Professional Composition' course.). More and more games are using live orchestra. Video games frequently have both the budget and the scale of ambition to support a large, epic fantasy score, or a thumping action soundtrack. Read more
Discovering your compositional voice and presenting it with clarity in compelling, innovative music is a lifelong project. Our MA is designed to help you develop the skills to pursue this, whatever your career aspirations. Read more
Music at Edinburgh has a long history of excellence in composition. This programme aims to support you in the expansion of your musical horizons, your musical language and your relationship to currents in the wider compositional world. Read more
(This course is a pathway under the 'MFA Professional Composition' course.). In today’s competitive market, you need to be flexible and able to address the widest possible range of opportunities. Read more
(This course is a pathway under the MFA Professional Composition' course.). This is a course that combines advanced training in scoring and orchestration for film, games and other media with focus on both live and sampled orchestration. Read more
All pathways for the PGCert Music follow the same structure. Over the year, you’ll take two modules totalling 60 credits. We place an emphasis on independence and creativity - you will have the freedom to study the areas that interest you. 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