Composition and Creative Practice MMus
The Master of Music in Composition and Creative Practice is designed to enable students to develop their compositional practice in a dynamic, rigorous and supportive creative environment. It aims to provide training in a range of approaches, introducing tools and techniques relevant to today’s music making, and encouraging exploration, innovation and experimentation.
Why this programme
- Students undertake a major portfolio of creative practice with an accompanying critical commentary, preparing them for compositional and musical careers.
- Students have the opportunity of a placement with a musical or arts organisation, when available, and up-to-date research skills provision in digital arts.
- We offer the opportunity to have your work performed by a professional ensemble, including an annual showcase of postgraduate work SoundThought.
- Our facilities include a Concert Hall, three studios, an audio lab, and practice rooms.
- Provision of specialist tuition in creative industries and cultural policy at the Centre for Cultural Policy Research.
- We have a range of modern and historical keyboard instruments including two Steinway Model D grand pianos, a 1840s Broadwood grand piano, a Classical forte-piano, and two harpsichords.
- Other instruments owned by the School include a selection of percussion instruments, a consort of viols, Baroque strings, recorders, crumhorns and other wind instruments.
- TheConcert Hall is equipped with a diffusion system for the performance of electroacoustic music.
- Asa UNESCO City of Music, Glasgow has thriving music, performance and contemporary art scenes. It is home to numerous orchestras and ensembles including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, making it an outstanding place for compositional study.
The programme is comprised of three core courses (Composition, Digital and Creative Skills, Individual Creative Practice, and Composition Portfolio) as well as a series of optional courses to allow you to tailor our own bespoke structure. Options will include:
- Creating with technology
- Historically Informed Performance Practice
- Introduction to Popular Music
- Sonic Arts Aesthetics and Criticism
- Music, Sound and Screen
There will also be opportunities to engage with the interdisciplinary study, with courses available from other subjects within the School:
- Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (Centre for Cultural Policy Research)
- Festivals (Film and Television Studies)
- Making Time: performing and thinking temporalities in the creative arts (History of Art)
Core teaching will be delivered during semesters 1 and 2. Over the summer months, you will complete the core Composition Portfolio, to be submitted at the end of August. A variety of teaching methods will be used, including seminars, one-to-one tutorials, and project work.
Core and optional courses
- Composition, Digital and Creative Skills (40 credits, semester 1)
- Individual Creative Practice (20 credits, semester 2)
- Composition Portfolio (60 credits, semester 2/summer)
for entry in 2017
A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (eg GPA of 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject. Applicants should also have some experience of composition and will be expected to supply examples of any prior work.
International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score7.0
- no sub-test less than7.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL:100; no sub-test less than:
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English):185; no sub-test less than185
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test):70; no sub-test less than 70
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English:ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
This programme prepares students for careers in composition as well as equipping students more generally with skills necessary for careers in cultural industries (eg. arts administration and management). Additionally, this programme provides the necessary foundation for pursuing further research in a composition in the form of a PhD.