Taught course

Music Composition

York St John University · School of Performance & Media Production

Entry requirements

Graduates with an honours degree at 2:1 or above in music will normally register for the MA or graduates with an honours degree from another discipline and working in a professional arts environment or with extensive experience of music. Academic tutors will consider such applications on an individual basis.

Months of entry


Course content

The MA Music Composition degree programme offers you the opportunity to investigate the interrelationships between your own practice and questions arising about knowledge in and through art, composition, and dissemination in performance. Aimed at graduates and practitioners in music composition, this MA will allow you to build a strong and increasingly confident practice through awareness and interaction with current contexts of professional practice and research.

The MA Music Composition is located within the Faculty of Arts' Creative Practice hub and shares delivery of core curriculum regarding practice-led research methodology with a parallel MA degrees in Performance and Fine Arts. Whilst your focus will be on Music Composition, there will also be opportunities for cross-disciplinary study and collaborative practice.

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop your compositional practice and thinking, and provide you with a platform from which to disseminate your work.

We seek capable, questioning and dedicated practitioners from a diversity of music practices, whether in the UK, Europe or beyond, to join us in York and make the most of the opportunities out programme offers.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if need any further information. We do hope you will come and join us.

Information for international students

International students will need to demonstrate that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home students (i.e. same entry criteria as above). If their first language is not English they must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment25
Creative work75

Course contact details

Dr Ralph Bateman
01904 876511