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MMus Composition (Concert Music)

Course Description

Concert Music develops an advanced knowledge of received compositional techniques from the 16th to 20th/21st century. Embracing both stylistic assignments and original creative work, it also includes conducting a vocal ensemble in an assessed rehearsal context.We are proud of LCM's provision of a one-to-one contact time with professional composers from your chosen area of specialisation. One–to-one tutorials are supported by regular lectures.

Course detail

Our highly successful programme of Composer's Workshops serves to underpin the postgraduate MMus course and to offer a further framework for social and professional networking.

The series consists of presentations given by a wide range of internationally recognised composers and music specialists from across the music industry, including copyright specialists, agents, publishers, IT experts and composers who sun their own performing ensembles or media companies, as well as instrumentalists, film composers, critics, theatrical agents. At the time of writing recent guests have included composers Jonathan Dove, Deirdre Gribbin, Judith Bingham, Geoffrey Burgon, Stephen Montague, Augusta Read Thomas, Param Vir, Philip Grange, Suzanne Giraud and Justin Connolly; the film and television composers Nigel Hess, Simon Lambros and Julian Nott; the composer and director of Sound 2 commercial music and media company, Elisa Harris; the West End musical director Michael Haslam and the rock guitarist Chris Francis.

The celebrated film orchestrator and conductor Nick Ingham maintains a visiting association with LCM and we have internationally acclaimed film and tv composers John Cameron and David Arnold as honorary doctors of music who will be joining the team to work with composers in the film/tv electives.


• Practical Composition one and two
• Orchestration and Arranging
• Conducting.


• Electronic Music Composition one and two
• Developing your Career
• Interactive Music Technology
• Research Methods
• Dissertation or Project.

Optional modules include:

• Stylistic Composition (pre 1900)
• Stylistic Composition (post 1900)
• Multi-track Recording and Mixing for Surround
• Film and TV Score Production
• Advanced Non-linear Recording
• Combining Sounds
• Digital Audio Interface Design for Music
• The Development of Audio Technology
• Manipulating Sounds.


Teaching involves a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and tutorial discussions. Our teaching rooms are equipped with ProTools HD systems, Audient mixing consoles and C24 control surfaces, and lectures involve frequent practical demonstrations and examples.

Career and study progression

This course will equip you with an enviable set of skills that will enable you to succeed in the fast-changing music industry.

Some examples of the professional roles that we would expect graduates to progress to after completing the course include:

• Sound editor
• Copyist
• Arranger
• Composer
• Sound Designer
• Music Director
Study progression

After completing the course you can continue your studies with either a PhD or DMus at the University of West London.

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 MMus Composition (Concert Music) page on the University of West London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the following:1st or 2nd class Honours degree in Music, Music Technology or a related subject, or substantial industry or prior experience in the field.This course requires advanced musical knowledge.Candidates will be required to provide a portfolio of degree level / professional work and a written statement.International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

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