University of Manchester

University of Manchester


This programme is intended for those pursuing both research and practical training in composition at postgraduate level, and it makes an excellent preparation for doctoral work; the programme of study is specifically tailored to meet students' current requirements; students are allocated a supervisor relevant to their compositional interests, from whom students receive regular individual supervision; there are a significant number of opportunities to have their pieces professionally workshopped, recorded and performed, particularly by Psappha, music's ensemble-in-association, and the University's quartet-in-residence, the Quatuor Danel; Vaganza - the student new music ensemble - and the student orchestra Sinfonietta also perform new music by student and professional composers to a very high standard; new state-of-the art facilities housed in 2 adjacent buildings cater for a wide range of compositional output ranging from concert hall to multimedia music.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in music (or with music as a substantial component of the programme); overall IELTS score of 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0, or 620 in the TOEFL written test or 260 in the computerised TOEFL (including 5 in TWE) or 103 in the internet-based TOEFL.

Course modules

Modules include: Contemporary music studies; compositional etudes; composition project; portfolio of compositions; core study b; historical or contemporary performance; core study a; fixed media composition; advanced orchestration.

Assessment methods

Assessment requires submission of compositions and coursework essays.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MusM Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MusM Full-time £ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MusM Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
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0161 275 4740