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M.Phil. in Music Composition

M.Phil. class of 2016/17


A postgraduate 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 contemporary composition techniques, composing with digital technology, experimental music theatre/contemporary opera, transformative technologies for composers, theory of film music, analysis, and contemporary music studies.

M.Phil. students benefit from the Music Composition Centre Series consisting of lectures, concerts and lecture-recitals by seminal composers, new music performers, musicologists and professionals, who are visiting the Department throughout the academic year. Students have unlimited access to a designated Studio Lab where they can develop their work during the Course. Students have the opportunity to write new pieces for the Department's ‘Musicians in Residence’, collaborate with them and showcase their compositions as part of our annual Graduate Show Concert.

This year we are enjoying the collaboration with leading musicians such as William Dowdall (Flute), Paul Roe (Clarinet), Richard O’Donnell (Percussion), Elizabeth Hilliard (Voice) and Sylvia O’Brien (Voice).

Course Director: Dr. Evangelia Rigaki

Course Structure (90 ECTS)

Michaelmas Term
Composition Today (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki) – 10 credits - MU7012
Transformative Technologies for Composers (Mr. Richard Duckworth) – 10 credits - MU7019
Writing for Ensemble (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki) – 10 credits - MU7021

Hilary Term
Composition with Digital Technology (Dr. Nicholas Brown) – 10 credits - MU7013
History Theory of Film Music (Dr. Simon Trezice) – 10 credits - MU7014
Contemporary Opera & Experimental Music Theatre (Dr. Evangelia Rigaki) – 10 credits - MU7016

MPhil Portfolio  (30 ECTS) - MU7018

Teaching staff

Dr. Evangelia Rigaki
Dr. Simon Tresize
Dr. Nicholas Brown
Mr. Richard Duckworth
Musicians in Residence


Please check the Academic Registry for all postgraduate fees.

Next intake of applications will be September 2018.

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 two compositions (scores and/or audio) and one essay. No interview is required but applicants are welcome to visit the Music Department and discuss with staff.

All enquiries should be addressed to: Dr. Evangelia Rigaki

For further information, see the our Graduate Studies, Academic Registry website
Completed applications should be received by 31st July 2018.

The Constantia Maxwell Bursary for Postgraduate Taught Courses (2018-19 intake)

The School of Creative Arts is pleased to announce that we will be awarding one €5,000 bursary to the top ranked applicant to the M.Phil. programmes running in the School - M.Phil. in Film Studies: Theory, History, Practice; M.Phil. in Theatre and Performance; M.Phil. in Music Composition. Applicants will be ranked on the basis of previous academic qualifications, the quality of their supporting application, their letters of reference, and their potential for higher level research. Existing applicants should indicate to the M.Phil. co-ordinator whether they would like to be considered for this bursary.

All applications for these courses and this bursary must be received by 30th June annually.

For further details, please contact the Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning, Dr Paula Quigley.