What will I learn?

Find your compositional voice and write music that inspires.Develop your ability to compose music and explore composition for films, games and soundscape installations. Our tutors, who are accomplished composers will teach and inspire you. Become part of a vibrant musical network and hear professional ensembles perform the work your create.The study of music should not be about one genre. It should be eclectic and embrace every musician, every style, background and culture. When you study music composition with us you do not just learn about classical, jazz and rock. You also learn about music from around the world and create music within unexpected genres.Our course gives you the practical skills you need as a composer. You will learn by creating music and as you do so, you will refine your abilities in working with:Music notationText scoresLead sheets.You will be able to work with student performers and ensembles as they interpret your pieces and bring them to life. This will give you valuable experience in composing for larger groups of musicians like bands, orchestras and choirs. Over your time with us you will build a portfolio of scores, recordings and a professional online presence.We will challenge you to realise your creative potential. To explore your self expression and develop an understanding of music's place in society. You will collaborate with experienced musicians, community members, artists and arts organisations to develop your professional network.Alongside your practical learning, you will also explore the theoretical aspects of music. Working alongside your classmates, postgraduate students and your lecturers, you will research and evaluate compositional concepts and processes.Our enthusiastic and supportive team of experienced music tutors include performers, composers, teachers and community musicians. Their musical interests include everything from jazz and metal to choral music and brass bands.

Which department am I in?


Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
£12,750.00 (US$ 17,542) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

September 2022


Main Site

Lord Mayor's Walk,


YO31 7EX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To qualify for this programme you will need: High School Diploma plus SATS 3.0 GPA or higher and one of the following: 1180 in the SAT, or 2 APs with a 3 or higher, or at least 24 in the ACT. Foundation: High School Diploma plus SATS 2.6 GPA or higher and one of the following: 1100 in the SAT, or at least 20 in the ACT. IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in each component), TOEFL iBT Overall score of 75 (Listening 17, Reading 18, Speaking 20, Writing 20), other forms of TOEFL are not acceptable.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.