We use cookies to ensure the best user experience and to serve tailored advertising. To learn more about our cookies and how to manage them, please visit our cookie policy

Close icon

Personalise what you see on this page.

Choose from the options below. We'll show you information based on your current location as default.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • Undergraduate courses
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.
Viewing as a student from United States living in United States interested in Undergraduate courses

Course options

  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    21 months

Course summary

About the course

The MPhil is designed for students wishing to attain a thorough grounding in composition at an advanced level, either as a preparation for doctoral research or an autonomous qualification. In the first year you will follow the MSt in Music (Composition), proceeding in the second year to individual supervision leading to the completion of a portfolio of compositions and written work.

The Master of Philosophy in Music (Composition) introduces a broad range of current methodologies and approaches in music scholarship.


As the first year is identical to the MSt in Music (Composition), assessment will be through a musical composition in response to techniques presented in core composition seminars at the end of Michaelmas term. This will be followed by an essay submitted at the end of Hilary term. The final assessment of the first year includes a further essay in musicology or a further musical composition produced in response to techniques presented in composition seminars; and a larger musical composition or portfolio of compositions, at the end of Trinity term.

In order to proceed to the second year of the MPhil, you will normally need to obtain an average of 65% for your first year work overall, and a mark of over 70 in your composition portfolio.

The second year is spent producing coursework, comprising a project of 8,000 to 12,000 words (which could be a short dissertation, analysis portfolio, portfolio of essays of ethnomusicological work, or critical edition) and a portfolio of at least two well-contrasted compositions totalling between 35 and 45 minutes in duration.

Graduate destinations

Typical graduate destinations include doctoral research in music and other music-related or broadly cultural professions.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 27,460per 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 Oxford

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    4th out of 85 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    198 91%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

Suggested courses

University of Southampton

Music (Composition) (MMus)

University of Southampton

Music league table

Bangor University

Composition and Sonic Art MMus

Bangor University

University league table


Is this page useful?

Yes No

Sorry about that...



Thanks for your feedback!