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PGCert Music (Composition pathway)

University of York

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    University of York

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    6 months

Course summary

Discovering your compositional voice and presenting it with clarity in compelling, innovative music is a lifelong project. Our PGCert is designed to help you develop the skills to pursue this, whatever your career aspirations.

Our internationally-renowned composition staff work across a range of styles and media and our students are similarly diverse. Solo or orchestral music, electronic or acoustic, notated, improvised or devised – all of these are valued in York. You'll encounter a wide variety of approaches but no prescriptions.

You'll join a lively community of postgraduate composers and the rich creative environment of the Department of Music, recieving one-to-one tuition and studying the established and emerging techniques in this exciting and constantly developing field.

Contemporary music has been a cornerstone of the department since its foundation. From early visits from Cage, Feldman and Shostakovich and the creation of pioneering electroacoustic works by Trevor Wishart and Dennis Smalley to the Proms commissions, Glastonbury appearances and international tours of recent alumni such as Anna Meredith, Kerry Andrew and Christian Mason, York has a long history of nurturing extraordinary talent.

Careers and skills

The PGCert in Music (Composition pathway) is an ideal springboard for PhD study at York or elsewhere. Many of our students continue to PhD study and later find work in university teaching or freelance composition work, and our graduates are in positions of influence in many UK and overseas institutions.

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University information

University of York

  • University League Table

    22nd

  • Campus address

    University of York, Heslington, York, York, YO10 5DD, England

First-rate teaching by leading academics, plus award-winning employability programmes, help to prepare students for the international labour market.
A home on campus in York’s college environment brings together a diverse community of students from over 150 countries, offering lifelong connections.
York offers a wide range of specialist support to international students, including orientation, a Writing and Language Skills Centre, and immigration advice.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 85

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    164 76%

    17th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    23rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%

    24th

    14

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