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Music Composition

York St John University

12 months
13000 GBP/year
7000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Music Composition course at York St John University is aimed at both graduates of, and practitioners in, music composition. You will build a strong and increasingly confident practice through awareness and interaction with current contexts of professional practice and research. This is an opportunity to compose larger scale works or create a portfolio of your own compositions at a high level.


Our experienced tutors and guest speakers will encourage and equip you to develop your own creative practice.You will have the opportunity to:

  • Have your compositions performed and recorded
  • Engage with compositional strategies
  • Collaborate with others across performance and production courses
  • Work among a supportive community of artists

You will develop strategies to reflect, theorise and document your practice and be given a platform to share your thinking. With a fluid interrelationship between theory and practice, you will have the opportunity to take full advantage of the workshop, studio, seminar and virtual environments we have to offer.

We will encourage you to engage in collaboration with others and consider the implications of working in various contexts. This course offers great opportunities for cross-disciplinary work, allowing you to engage with students on other music and production courses.


This Music Composition degree course at York St John University could lead you to a career directly related to working in the music composition industry, or it could take you in a completely different direction, using the many transferrable skills you will develop.

This will give you an advantage in careers or roles such as:

  • Musician
  • Music Teacher
  • Community arts worker
  • Music therapist
  • Radio producer
  • Sound technician

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The Reflective Practitioner
  • Analysis, Composition and Dissemination
  • Music Composition Independent Project

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree in a related subject

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

Entry onto this postgraduate course is subject to attending an interview.

At interview you will be asked to give a presentation which will:

  • Demonstrate your readiness for graduate level practice
  • Show evidence of your engagement with critical thinking

You will also be asked to complete a portfolio. This portfolio should show examples of previous and current practice.

We are happy to arrange interviews via Skype for overseas students.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7000 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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