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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Sheffield

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course description

This MA is a dynamic environment for you to explore and develop your own creative voice in contemporary composition, whether your passion is instrumental composition, electronic/electroacoustic composition, music for film, music for games, or a mix of them all.

If you choose to study instrumental composition, you’ll explore a broad range of approaches and techniques that have a strong emphasis on inquiry-led practice. There will be numerous opportunities for live premieres of your work.

The pathway in electronic/electroacoustic composition allows you to explore creative applications of analogue and digital technologies, studio-based composition techniques, and real-time audio processing techniques. You’ll reflect on topics such as the aesthetics of sonic art, historical developments in electronic music, temporal and spatial-audio, and post-digital aesthetics.

In addition, your MA will give you the training you need to pursue collaborations, for example with local film makers and game artists. The course is designed to facilitate your route into the creative industries as a composer, sound designer or game contributor. To help you further prepare for life as a composer, we’ll encourage you to form adventurous cross-disciplinary partnerships and work with a variety of venues, including concert halls, galleries, museums or media outlets.

You’ll have the chance to develop your skills at the start of the course through intensive training and, after that, to become increasingly independent with your research and the topics you’d like to explore.

By the end of the course, you’ll have developed and refined your own compositional voice and you’ll able to situate your creative work within a broader contextual framework. Either way, the course will help you launch yourself as a professional composer or continue on to further academic studies.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 21,100per year

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

University information

University of Sheffield

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, England

As a member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group, the university has a global reputation for research and teaching excellence.
Among the world's top 100 universities (QS World University Rankings 2020) Sheffield offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of subjects.
Located in the centre of the UK in a friendly and affordable city, the university has more than 29,000 students from over 150 different countries.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    157 73%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%



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