Taught course


Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Students are normally expected to have a strong first degree in a related subjected. We value an enquiring approach to music, with an interest in developing your practice and exploring the many contexts in which it is situated. For more information please contact our admissions team or telephone 01225 876180.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop your unique compositional voice through working with experienced composers and creative practitioners.
  • Hear your music played by professional musicians and fellow students.
  • Professionalise your work and understand current contexts for new music.

Studying Composition at Bath Spa University will develop your skills as a composer and deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally. Through weekly seminars and tutorials, supported by workshops with musicians, you’ll work on your creative and technical skills, commenting critically on your own and others’ work.

You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers, and theatre practitioners through joint projects and seminar discussion. These developments in your creative practice are supported by practical consideration of your professional and academic skills.

The MA and MRes Composition pathways offer a different emphasis. MRes Composition provides an opportunity to conduct an extended, focused composition project combining both creative work and academic research. MA Composition provides a space to explore a wider range of approaches and to experiment with new ideas.Composers on both pathways are taught together, and work with the wider Music and Performance community.


You’ll develop a broad range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills. We’ll help you develop a portfolio career built around your creative practice, drawing in other related areas of work such as teaching; editing; performing; and work in other areas of the creative industries.

Information for international students

For further information visit our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

For more information on funding please refer to our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGCert
    full time
    4 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • Further details of qualification

    The academic year is 12 months long and comprises three semesters: October-January; February-June; and June-October. Taught sessions are normally during the daytime, and studio access for directed study tasks is available both then and outside of working hours.

Course contact details

James Saunders
+44 (0) 1225 875 422