Taught course

Critical and Experimental Composition

University of Leeds · School of Music

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or equivalent professional experience in a relevant subject area. Students must submit one recent composition (if score, no larger than A4, reduce if necessary) with recordings if available, and an essay in English of at least 2,000 words.

Months of entry


Course content

The purpose of the programme is to enable students to develop creativity and technical fluency to an advanced level in the area of musical composition. The programme facilitates rigorous study of fundamental principles in the field of musical composition, within a broad curriculum that includes modules offered to students on other M-level programmes. Professional Studies is regarded as core to this programme; compulsory modules are Composition Studies, Portfolio of Original Compositions, and Aesthetic Theory, and students are required to choose an additional module from a variety of disciplines (for example, psychology, performance, musicology, or computer music). Students are encouraged to develop generic practical and theoretical skills relevant to the study of music, alongside their specialism. The School of Music enjoys a significant reputation for performance studies and a lively and full concert diary—much of which will provide useful material for study by students on the programme, whilst providing opportunities for trying out new work, both formally and informally.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

University scholarships available to UK /EU and International Students: http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate admissions
+44(0)113 343 2583