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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Newton Park Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Develop your own compositional identity as part of a vibrant and immersive creative community.

Our Master’s in Composition course is designed to help you refine and realise your own creative identity in sound and music. The programme will develop and expand your skills as a composer as well as deepen your understanding of current new music contexts, both artistically and professionally. We put your work and practice at the centre of everything we do, offering you a safe space to experiment and explore the potential of the music you want to make.

Development of your creative practice is supported by practical consideration of both professional and academic skills. The course will provide you with additional skills in, for example, writing formally about your work, project planning and funding application, as well as devising successful promotional materials.

Most importantly, in studying for your MA in Composition at Bath Spa University, you'll join a vibrant and immersive community of musicians and other artists, presenting you with opportunities to extend your work beyond music. Creative practice thrives at our institution in many forms, allowing you to derive new creative collaborations with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers, and theatre practitioners, through joint projects and seminar discussion.


MA Composition provides a space to explore a wider range of approaches and to experiment with new ideas. We’ll support developments in your creative practice through practical consideration of both your professional and academic skills.

In a typical week, you'll have an individual tutorial session with a specialist composition tutor, participate in led group discussion seminars, and attend guest talks from internationally-renowned composers and artists. Workshops with both internal and external ensembles are also held throughout the year.

Your individual tutorials give you personalised contact time with staff composers, who are themselves active composers on the international new music scene. Here, you'll have focused time to discuss and develop your own niche interests and technical concerns, as well as experiment and provoke yourself into exploring new directions in your work. Careers

As well as developing your artistically and musically, the MA Composition course equips you with a broad range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills for the wider workplace. We’ll help you prepare for a portfolio career built around your creative practice, drawing in other related areas of work. The course aims primarily to develop your practice as a composer, as well as supporting the application of these skills in related areas such as teaching, editing, performing, and other areas of the creative industries. Our aim is that when you graduate from the Composition degree, you'll have developed core problem-solving, analytical, and critical skills to support you in the ever-evolving music and composition landscape.

Application deadline

31 July 2022

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 15,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Bath Spa University

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  • Campus address

    Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St Loe, Bath, Bath And North East Somerset, BA2 9BN, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    47th out of 86 18

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    141 66%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%



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