Taught course


University of Edinburgh · College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in music.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should include three samples of your composition work. Instrumental works should be in the form of a written score. For studio-based work (electro-acoustic, sample-based, or synthesised) audio files alone are acceptable.

If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio.

Months of entry


Course content

Music at Edinburgh has a long history of excellence in composition. This programme aims to support you in the expansion of your musical horizons, your musical language and your relationship to currents in the wider compositional world. Many contemporary styles are supported through a range of skills-development courses that explore concepts of timbre, structure, digital audio, computer-based composition, instrumental composition, improvisation and studio craft.

This programme is delivered by a team of active composers, whose significant reputations as both artists and teachers in the world of composition will prove inspirational and invaluable. You will also have the chance to work with digital designers, sound designers, other musicians and a host of other disciplines taught at Edinburgh College of Art.

The programme is supported by The University of Edinburgh Ensemble in Residence, Plus Minus, who will workshop and perform student pieces.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MMus
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 650 4086