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M.Phil in Music Composition



A post-graduate taught course lasting for one full academic year from late September until the following August.


The Department of Music offers a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in this area. Apart from one-to-one mentorship in composition itself, students will take courses in experimental music theatre/ contemporary opera, theory of film music, analysis, and contemporary music studies. The M.Phil. benefit from the Music Composition Centre Lecture Series of talks, concerts and lectures with seminal composers/new music performers.

Course Director: Dr. Evangelia Rigaki

Course Structure (90 ECTS)

Michaelmas Term
Composition Today (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki) – 10 credits - MU7012
History and Theory of Film Music (Dr. Simon Trezise) – 10 credits - MU7014
Theory, Aesthetics and Analysis (Dr. Nicholas Brown) – 10 credits - MU7015

Hilary Term
Composition with Digital Technology (Dr. Nicholas Brown) – 10 credits - MU7013
Composition  (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki & Dr. Nicholas Brown) – 10 credits - MU7017
Contemporary Opera & Experimental Music Theatre  (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki) – 10 credits - MU7016

MPhil Portfolio  (30 ECTS) - MU7018


Please check the Academic Registry for all postgraduate fees.

Next intake of applications will be September 2017.

Intending students must already have a good honours undergraduate degree, preferably in music. Consideration will also be given to applicants with a primary degree not in music, if they are judged sufficiently strong musically and creatively and to applicants with extensive professional experience in music.

All applicants must submit three compositions.

All enquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Evangelia Rigaki

For further information, see the our Graduate Studies, Academic Registry website
Completed applications for admission has been extended to the 31st July!