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Music (Composition)

University of Southampton

12 months
21000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Enhance your knowledge with the Music (Composition) MMus course offered by the University of Southampton. You’ll graduate with the skills for a career in music or further research on a PhD.


Course Details

The Music (Composition) MMus course offered by the University of Southampton 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
  • 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.

We offer a broad-based MMus programme with 4 specialist pathways:

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Musicology
  • Music Education

On the Composition pathway, you’ll work towards the final goal of a composition portfolio. We’ll work with you to create a portfolio that’s relevant to your career aspirations. On completion of the course, you’ll be ready to:

  • continue your research at a doctoral level
  • work in the music industry or wider cultural sector
  • become a teacher
  • work as a freelance musician

You can mix your composition modules with topics from other MMus pathways to develop a wider range of skills and personalise the course to your interests.

Career Opportunities

We recognise that music has increasingly become a 'portfolio career' and aim to provide our students with a platform for success in whatever area of music their aspirations lie.

A master’s degree will help you to develop the key skills that employers look for, such as:   

  • time, deadline and project management  
  • problem solving  
  • teamwork, relationship-building and working independently  
  • cultural awareness  
  • critical thinking and research analysis   

Above all, you will learn to communicate your ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Artists and Repertoires
  • Composition Portfolio
  • Critical Practice in Musicology
  • Final Recital
  • Musicology Dissertation
  • Preparation for Final Project
  • Professional Writing and Presentation Skills
  • Recital

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You’ll need a 2:1 degree in music or a 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £21,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 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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