Research course

Music Composition

University of Nottingham · Department of Music

Entry requirements

  • Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience.
  • If your Masters is in a subject other than music you must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.


Provide three scores, with recordings if available. At least one work must be for a large ensemble.

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

The Department of Music has a national reputation for excellence in composition.

A superb opportunity to develop your own portfolio of compositions in a professional and supportive environment. We welcome a broad range of styles and approaches.

There are many opportunities to perform your own work, or have them played and recorded by others, both within the University and the wider city.

Research areas

Our research strengths are grouped into four themes.

Music, space and place

  • Music and musical culture in a specific time and place
  • Transnational and transcultural exchange
  • Urban geographies and mobility


  • How music interacts with other art forms
  • Applying and developing methodologies from other disciplines

Musical creativity and community

  • Musical creativity
  • Development of communities and networks

Music, politics and identity

  • How music has contributed to local, national and international political change
  • How music shapes individual identities

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    upto 96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    upto 48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0) 115 951 5151