Composition (Instrumental and Vocal music), Master | The University of Manchester | Manchester, United Kingdom
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Composition (Instrumental and Vocal music)

12 months
24000 GBP/year
11000 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Composition (Instrumental and Vocal music) course from The University of Manchester offers intensive training for composers and provides excellent preparation for doctoral work or a career in the professional world.


With a strong focus on practical music-making and supported by an outstanding programme of workshops and performances by professional musicians, it offers an invaluable opportunity for composers to hone their skills and develop their personal voice.You will benefit from:

  • links to ensembles as an integral part of the course;
  • interaction with the music profession, including the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata;
  • opportunities to develop professional skills, for example through collaborating, rehearsing and networking with professional musicians; learning to arrange/orchestrate; undertaking outreach opportunities; and collaborating in the creation of performances;
  • flexibility to develop your own compositional and research interests;
  • close ties with electroacoustic composers in NOVARS, and the flexibility to combine electroacoustic course units with those for instrumental and vocal composition;
  • integration into the active research culture of The University of Manchester, through research seminars, performance workshops and concerts.

Career opportunities

Graduates of this Composition (Instrumental and Vocal music) course from The University of Manchester have pursued successful careers in musical and non-musical fields.

Many are continuing to achieve success as composers, in some cases receiving professional performances from soloists, ensembles and orchestras all over the world.

Others continue to further study via a PhD before securing an academic position. Some go on to teach in schools or further education, both in the UK and overseas.

Other areas of work for which advanced musical training has been directly relevant include arts management and the culture industries, music publishing, music journalism, librarianship, music therapy and performance.

Careers outside of music have included accountancy, law, social work and human resources.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition Project
  • Portfolio of Compositions
  • Contemporary Music Studies
  • Historical or Contemporary Performance
  • Aesthetics and Analysis of Organised Sound
  • Interactive Tools and Engines
  • Ethno/Musicology in Action: Fieldwork and Ethnography
  • Advanced Orchestration

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need to submit scores (as hard copy or PDF files) of two or three recent compositions, for a variety of forces or dealing with a variety of musical contexts if possible, and, if available, recordings of performances of your works.If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11000 GBP per year during 12 months.

MusM (part-time)

  • UK students (per annum): £5,500
  • International, including EU, students (per annum): £12,000

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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.

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