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Sound Practice and Composition MA

City, University of London

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Northampton Square

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Who is it for?

The programme provides ideal preparation for those wishing to enter the professional world of sound practice and/or proceed to a research degree in a variety of disciplines. We welcome students from all over the world and from a wide range of backgrounds.


The MA develops skills in the broad field of contemporary sound practice, encompassing notated and digital music, sound art, improvisation, performance, sound studies, and interdisciplinary work. The course embraces contemporary sound in all its plurality and provides a critical context for exploring key topics and issues at the frontiers of its increasingly overlapping sub-disciplines.

Engagement with professional creative practice lies at the core of the course taught by world-leading composers and sound artists. Students workshop their music with professional ensembles in-residence EXAUDI Vocal Ensemble and Plus Minus Ensemble as well as international visitors, and present work to the public in the annual City Summer Sounds festival.

Career prospects

Our alumni are employed in areas such as music publishing, broadcasting, music management, arts administration and further musical study at MPhil or PhD level, including Oscar-winning composer Nico Casal, composer Javier Álvarez and film sound designer Chris Reading. 100% of our graduates are in employment or further study six months after graduation.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,050per year

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

University information

City, University of London

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  • Campus address

    City, University of London, Northampton Square, City of London, EC1V 0HB, England

City is one of the most international UK universities. Students are from over 160 countries, creating a diverse, cosmopolitan university community.
City's supportive alumni network stretches across the globe. They help those thinking of moving to London and organise in-country events after graduation.
City's international student advice team give guidance on the application process, answers questions on visa and immigration issues and check visa documents.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    137 63%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.95 79%



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