Music (Composition)

University of Oxford

M.Phil. On Campus
21 months
26405 GBP/year
11605 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Start date


The MPhil Music (Composition) programme from the University of Oxford is designed for students wishing to attain a thorough grounding in composition at an advanced level, either as a preparation for doctoral research or an autonomous qualification. 


In the first year you will follow the MSt in Music (Composition), proceeding in the second year to individual supervision leading to the completion of a portfolio of compositions and written work.

The Music (Composition) programme from the University of Oxford introduces a broad range of current methodologies and approaches in music scholarship.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Faculty of Music and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. Under exceptional circumstances a supervisor may be found outside the Faculty of Music.

Graduate destinations

Typical graduate destinations include doctoral research in music and other music-related or broadly cultural professions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • The first year of the course is identical to that of the MSt in Music (Composition).
  • The second year is spent producing coursework, comprising a project
  • and a portfolio of at least two well-contrasted compositions 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 21 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • an average mark of 67% or higher in an undergraduate degree with honours in music or related fields.
  • However, entrance is very competitive and most successful applicants have a first-class degree or the equivalent.
  • For applicants with a degree from the USA, the minimum GPA sought is 3.6 out of 4.0. However, most successful applicants have a GPA of 3.7.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26405 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26405 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • EU/EEA

    11605 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11605 GBP per year and a duration of 21 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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Music (Composition)
University of Oxford


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