University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Electroacoustic Music Composition

This programme aims to provide Master's students with an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge compositional techniques, methodologies and associated aesthetics in creative work that intersects with technology and other artistic or scientific forms; the NOVARS research centre for electroacoustic composition, performance and sound art, and new �2.2 million electroacoustic studios at the University, provide the required resources (hardware, software and performance systems); NOVARS student research groups are created each year to support specific student project aims and develop collaborative research strategies and methodologies; regular MANTIS matinees, composer forums and research seminars provide platforms for discussion of work with peers; MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) provides frequent opportunities to disseminate and perform work in concerts open to the public using a state-of-the-art 48-loudspeaker computer-based sound diffusion system at the University and in the wider community.

Entry requirements

A 1st or Upper 2nd Class Honours degree in music (or with music as a substantial component of the programme) at an approved university; 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: Fixed-media composition (studio-based composition techniques and professional skills); aesthetics and analysis of organised sound (study of selected works, composers and issues in the electro-acoustic repertoire); cross-disciplinary project (responding to precise criteria for a short work); interactive tools (live, interactive and real-time processing composition techniques); practical theory (research and creative development of software, plug-ins, sensors or spatialization tools); repertoire study (detailed research into a single work or composer); contemporary music studies; historical or contemporary performance.

Sponsorship information

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year); this is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible.


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

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