University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Music (Composition)

The purpose of the programme is to train students to advanced levels in the academic, practical and technical areas of music; it is distinctive in its range of musicological, vocational and practice-based elements. You will: Benefit from the diversity of our research strengths and our reputation for excellent teaching; take 2 compulsory research training modules which develop academic, writing and presentational skills, as well as providing an introduction to contemporary developments in musical practice and research; students then take a combination of compulsory pathway-related modules and options. Having completed the Postgraduate Diploma stage of the programme, you will progress to Masters stage and submit a folio of work in your chosen specialism. The composition pathway is designed to develop your individual compositional style and technique through tutorial guidance and opportunities for performances, workshops and recordings in the School. Various stylistic and generic strands can be taken up either individually or in combination, including concert music, popular music, jazz, music for screen and multimedia, and computer sound design.

Entry requirements

Normally a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree, with music being a prominent part. Approved equivalent qualifications or experience will be considered, particularly in the case of overseas students and candidates with less conventional educational backgrounds. Applicants will be required to support their application with a sample of their work. English language requirements IELTS 6.5, minimum component score 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Research training for practitioners A and B; composition A and B; composition folio. Optional modules: Conducting A and B; orchestral management 1 and 2; performance A and B; screen music studies; studio techniques; African American music; historical performance practice; compositional techniques; contemporary issues in the cultural industries; compositional programming; applied music; digital improvisation 2; nineteenth century aesthetics; pluralism in Western music; Anglo Celtic song traditions; opera studies; Baroque fugue in practice; musical theatre; rock track poetics; jazz studies 2.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MMus Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MMus Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MMus Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MMus Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MMus Full-time September 2016 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MMus Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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