Entry requirements

You'll need a 2:1 in music or a combined degree with a substantial music component.

Degrees in other related subjects may be acceptable depending on your background.

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers an ideal opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the creation and presentation of contemporary music. You can choose to specialise in instrumental composition and explore a broad range of compositional approaches and techniques while collaborating with performers.

Alternatively, you may specialise in electronic/electroacoustic composition which includes the opportunity to explore creative applications of analogue/digital technologies, real-time audio processing techniques, and aesthetics of sonic art. Our programme provides you with skills, techniques and experience that will prepare you for doctoral work or employment in the creative arts.


  • Seminars
  • Individual tutorials
  • Workshops
  • Graduate study days

Assessment takes a variety of forms such as compositions and essays.

Please see our University website for the most up-to-date course information: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/courses

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Fees and funding

University and faculty funding is available each year. The department has a number of scholarships available for our strongest candidates.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
+44 (0)114 222 0495