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DMus Electronic / Electro-acoustic Composition

Course Description

Creative research in humanities has become an important part of postgraduate study at Masters and Doctoral level. It has helped performers and practitioners remediate their work as research, and has allowed practitioners to reflect on the processes of practice, as much as its ramifications. Like all our courses, the DMus reflects the mission and values of University of West London. It enhances progression and quality in education, and encourages widening participation.

Its emphasis on creative research, and its 'submission pathway' attracts recently qualified postgraduates and professional musicians who want doctoral recognition of their skills and experience - and this is sympathetic with the School's academic plan to attract mature and part-time students, together with the University's vision to reach out to students of all ages through flexible education.

Course detail

The possible routes for the course are:
• MPhil leading to DMus
• DMus by Direct Entry
• DMus by Submission

The DMus extends the rich and eclectic musical experience our students enjoy at undergraduate and Masters level, to doctoral level, and enhances London College of Music's growing postgraduate community. The DMus also maximises our research strengths in composition, performance and music technology.


Your proposal must not exceed 4,500 words. Unless you are studying for your DMus by Direct Entry or Submission, you will complete this proposal as part of the assessment regime for the Level 7 Research Methods module.

The proposal for the MPhil/DMus in Electronic/Electro-acoustic Composition is different from a proposal for a PhD. The core of the proposal will be a list of works you intend for portfolio submission. It should also include the anticipated duration of each piece. Proposals for DMus by Submission should also append the compositions.

You should explain in your proposal how your portfolio constitutes an original and substantial contribution to the area of practice. For this, you should include:
• a 'literature review' of contemporary practice in the same field
• an analysis and explanation of existing techniques in the field
• an explanation of how the creative work represents an extension of, or reaction to, contemporary practice. This may be as an extended technique or something more philosophical, ontological or aesthetically grounded - or preferably a combination of the two.

Your proposal should also include a timescale for each part of the project, and append an outline bibliography.

You may also identify areas of technical development, analysing how your portfolio pieces might enable this transition. You must indicate in your proposal, any pieces you intend to include through backdated registration.

You may also include a CV.


This will involve an oral examination, conducted in much the same way as a traditional PhD. This will also be necessary when you 'exit' with the MPhil qualification.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/how-apply

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here: http://www.uwl.ac.uk/students/postgraduate/scholarships-and-bursaries

Visit the DMus Electronic / Electro-acoustic Composition page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

EitherA Masters degree in Composition, Music Technology or Music Production, with Merit or Distinction, and the submission of a portfolio of existing works demonstrating a high level of expertise.OrAt least five years' professional experience as a composer, and a degree in Composition, Music Technology or Music Production with First Class Honours. Also, the submission of a portfolio of existing works demonstrating a high level of expertise. Candidates who, at interview, demonstrate an exceptionally high level of expertise and autonomy may be considered for Direct Entry.

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