York Saint John University

York St John University

Music Composition

The curriculum, which also supports awards at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels, is uniquely designed and focused on developing artists' abilities and capacities for professional and academic innovation. We emphasise relationships between composition, reflection, practice and dissemination. Teaching, learning and research on the programme will enable discovery of the variety of ways in which composition, creation and dissemination in music composition has evolved into its present media and forms. This degree enables students who already have some experience of music composition to expand their artistic horizons, develop their reflective abilities and expand their portfolio as thinking practitioners.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold an upper 2nd Class Honours degree in a music-related subject, whether as single Honours or in joint Honours with another subject, from an approved university. Alternatively, applicants should hold an upper 2nd Class Honours degree from another discipline with extensive experience of arts practice or working in a professional arts environment. Students whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each individual component) or equivalent. For all candidates there will be consideration of a portfolio of work and an interview in which candidates will be asked to give a presentation.

Course modules

Modules include: Practice, reflection, dissemination; creativity and knowledge; Master's independent project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a variety of forms, including portfolio of work, public performances, critical essays and annotated reflective document.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 3,500 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 10,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgCert Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Full-time - 1 years
PgDip Part-time - 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 8,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
York St John University York YO31 7EX Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Telephone number: 
01904 876598