Taught course

Music (Composition)

Birmingham City University · Birmingham Conservatoire

Entry requirements

UK students should normally hold an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in Music. You will be required to attend an audition for composition courses. See our website for more details.

Months of entry


Course content

Study as a postgraduate composer at one of the UK's most innovative composition departments. In recent years, Birmingham Conservatoire's Composition department has produced outstanding contemporary artists such as Laura Mvula, Raffertie and Charlotte Bray. Unlike many composition courses at this level, the course actively celebrates the diversity of today's musical genres, and fosters artists who challenge, innovate and transform notions of artistic practice today. You'll spend most of your time writing music for professional and student ensembles, whether you choose to respond to our set briefs or work on your own projects.

You can study composition at Birmingham Conservatoire on a choice of MMus, PG Certificate or PG Diploma programmes.

Information for international students

You must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 or equivalent in all four skills areas to secure a visa. You must have IELTS 6; or alternatively must have studied and completed a Bachelor’s degree in the UK. Please see our website for further details.

Fees and funding

UK students
See our website for fee information
International students
See our website for fee information

Some scholarships and bursaries available; please visit Birmingham Conservatoire website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 months
part time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Conservatoire Admissions
+44 (0)121 331 5901