Applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (normally Music, or with music as a substantial component of the programme). In some circumstances (i.e. applicants with a scientific background or experienced professionals in the composition field), we may consider appropriate alternative routes to entry.
Months of entry
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge compositional techniques, methodologies and associated aesthetics in creative work that intersects with technology and other artistic or scientific forms. It serves as excellent preparation for a career as a composer working with technology and audio-media, and it provides all the training necessary for embarking on and envisioning novel strands for a PhD in electroacoustic composition, including those informed by other scientific and arts form.
All teaching, research and compositional work is carried out in the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound Art with its new £2.2 million electroacoustic studios. Opportunities for the performance of new works are offered using the 55-loudspeaker sound diffusion system of MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) and through events such as the Locativeaudio Festival (locativeaudio.org) and Sines and Squares Festival on Analogue Electronics and Modular Synthesis (sines-squares.org). Acousmatic, mixed, live electronic and multimedia works are all possible, with composers able to incorporate the spatalisation of sound and interactive new game-audio media into the presentation of their work.
In addition to the final portfolio, all electroacoustic music and interactive media composition students take the core course unit Composition Project and the further compulsory taught course unit, Fixed Media and Interactive Music. Optional course units normally include Aesthetics and Analysis of Organised Sound, Interactive Tools and Engines, Contemporary Music Studies, Advanced Orchestration, and Historical or Contemporary Performance. There are also choices outside the MusM Composition (subject to course director approval), such as Computer Vision, Mobile Systems, Mobile Communications, Ethnomusicology in Action: Fieldwork and Ethnography, and Work Placement (Institute of Cultural Practices).
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Information for international students
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to obtain: Overall IELTS score of 6.5 or higher overall, or a TOEFL score of 92 or higher overall (internet-based test).
Fees and funding
Scholarship and bursary awards can be applied for from the University, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, and the department of Music. Further details can be found on the University website.
Qualification and course duration
|Assessment||What kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)|
|Written/ formal examinations||10|
|Written coursework / continuous assessment||20|
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
- 00 44 (0)161 275 0322