Taught course

Composition for Screen

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

Admission to the degree is open to candidates with a 2:1 honours degree or equivalent in a sound related discipline (such as music, sound engineering, acoustics, film, animation or art/design) or other relevant discipline (such as computer science, architecture, education, cognitive science, psychology or other qualification deemed appropriate by the Head of School). Essential, however, and irrespective of the applicant's background, is significant experience in composition of a related musically creative activity (e.g. improvisation, sound installation, creative DJing, etc.).

Months of entry


Course content

This is a one-year research and compositional performance based MSc with a focus on practices for composing music and sound for the screen.

The focus of these compositional investigations will include film/TV music as well as current computer multi-media production practices, such as for YouTube "virals" and music videos, commercials, video games and web pages.

Students will become proficient in the technical, artistic and intellectual demands of composing music and sound for use in TV/radio/film and other media environments, such as the Internet.

You will be able to experiment with new styles in media, and receive practical experience and timely feedback in collaborating with others.

The programme also provides an opportunity for students to enhance business and management skills in the media industry as they pertain to music and sound.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0) 131 650 2280