Taught course


Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

We offer places on the basis of our assessment of your quality, potential and commitment, and your ability to benefit from the course. Normally, but not invariably, you will have a first degree. Applications are invited from candidates with a range of academic disciplines and from a variety of national backgrounds. You should submit a portfolio with your application, comprising no more than three pieces of representative work. The form of this portfolio will depend on the music you make: we are happy to receive CDs, DVDs, scores, documentation of performances or installations, or online material as appropriate.

Months of entry


Course content

The course covers areas of instrumental and vocal composition, with the possibility of working with electronic, digital and multimedia resources. The course offers opportunities for you to work across these areas, or to specialise as appropriate. We support work in a wide range of styles and genres, whilst maintaining an experimental and exploratory approach. Delivery is tailored to your needs, centred around small-group seminars and tutorials. The course runs within a vibrant music department with a lively community of undergraduates, postgraduates and staff and excellent facilities.

During the course you will learn to:

  • Develop your creative skills as a composer
  • Develop technical skills where appropriate
  • Comment critically upon your own and others' work
  • Explore current composition contexts and contemporary musical thought
  • Collaborate with other creative artists
  • Improve your professional skills
  • Conduct academic research
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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
4 months
part time
9 months

Course contact details

James Saunders
+44 (0) 1225 875 422
+44 (0) 1225 875 444