Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or equivalent in Music or related subject. For the Composition pathway, you'll need to submit a portfolio of 2 to 4 compositions. These should total 15 to 20 minutes of music, showing your range and compositional techniques.

Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your knowledge with a master's degree in music composition at the University of Southampton. You’ll graduate with the skills for a career in music or further research on a PhD.

Our MMus Music Composition programme gives you the opportunity to specialise in various elements of musical composition. On this course, you’ll learn current trends in composition, 20th and 21st century musical developments, aesthetic, technical and critical issues in modern compositional practice and an in-depth analysis of your chosen compositional genres, materials, techniques and forms.

Our academic staff are internationally noted performers with active solo and ensemble careers, and established composers of contemporary art music, electronic music, media music (for example, in film, TV and videogames), and jazz. These world-leading experts can offer you intensive one-to-one tuition in music history, culture and performance.

Information for international students

English language: Band C, IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

A variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations. Please check the website for more information: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/courses/funding/postgraduate.page

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
+44 (0) 23 8059 4732