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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    Full-Time: 1 Year, Part-Time: 2 Years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU(2018 entry): £7,195, NON-EU: £13,900
    Fees are subject to change see website for full information.

Studying Composition at Bath Spa University will develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally. Through weekly seminars and tutorials, supported by workshops with musicians, you’ll work on your creative and technical skills, commenting critically on your own and others’ work.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers, and theatre practitioners through joint projects and seminar discussion. These developments in your creative practice are supported by practical consideration of your professional and academic skills.

The MA and MRes Composition pathways offer a different emphasis. MRes Composition provides an opportunity to conduct an extended, focused composition project combining both creative work and academic research. MA Composition provides a space to explore a wider range of approaches and to experiment with new ideas.Composers on both pathways are taught together, and work with the wider Music and Performance community.


We’ll meet with you on a one-to-one basis through weekly tutorials to help develop your work. This support focuses on technical and aesthetic development, and we’ll work with you on specific questions arising from your current project and its wider context.

We’ll discuss broader issues with you and the other MA composers through weekly seminar sessions. These can include case studies of particular composers or approaches, technical work in relation to specific compositional problems, or exploration of professional contexts.

For specific composition projects we organise rehearsals and workshops with visiting professional musicians and fellow students

For information on modules, please view the course handbook via our website.


Each module has a weekly seminar which is either specific to the MA/MRes Composition or, for core skills, shared with the other courses. You’ll also have a weekly tutorial during teaching weeks. Throughout the year, we bring in visitors to talk about their work, and a professional ensemble join us to play one of your compositions.


The majority of the assessment is based on your creative work, including compositions for specified visiting musicians and projects where you decide what to write.

MA composers will typically offer a range of more varied work that is directed in part by the opportunities afforded by the course. MRes composers will typically offer a portfolio of work articulated as a single project that is supported by a clear research context.


You’ll develop a broad range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. We’ll help you develop a portfolio career built around your creative practice, drawing in other related areas of work such as:

• Teaching

• Editing

• Performing

• Work in other areas of the creative industries

For more information on opportunities please refer to our website.

Visit the MA Composition page on the Bath Spa University website for more details!






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