University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Critical and Experimental Composition

This course develops your creativity and technical fluency with this specialised programme, which allows you to specialise in composition while maintaining an interest in different aspects of music. Core modules will allow you to create your own portfolio of original compositions, which can include electro-acoustic work, underpinned by your study of the principles of composition and aesthetic theory. You will look at orchestration, arrangement and remix. Then you will choose from optional modules allowing you to explore different aspects of music, you could choose computer music, musicology, performance, editing and source studies, psychology of music or more to inform your own creative work.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with a 2.1 (Honours) in music or a related subject, or equivalent qualification. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Modules include: Professional studies; composition studies; portfolio or original compositions; aesthetic theory. Optional modules: Individual project; short dissertation; instrumental or vocal recital; concerto/song-cycle/extended work; applied performance studies; editing and archival studies; issues in critical musicology; computer music practice; computer music contexts; case studies in the applied psychology of music; audience engagement and impact.

Assessment methods

Assessment includes: Submit original compositions as an important part of your assessment; write commentaries on your own work (drawing on musical/theoretical contexts) and more theoretical modules are likely to make use of written tasks such as essays and reports. Optional modules may also involve assessment through recitals, transcriptions or critical editions, presentations or other forms of assessment.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MMus Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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School of Music
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0113 343 2583