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  • Objectives
    Students from Music have pursued successful careers in musical and non-musical fields. Some go on to further study and a life in academia. Others enter teaching in schools or further education; librarianship; arts administration; music publishing; music therapy; music journalism; performance. Careers outside of music have included accountancy, law, social work, and human resources.
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is intended for those pursuing both research and practical training in composition at postgraduate level, and it makes an excellent preparation for doctoral work. The programme of study is specifically tailored to meet your current requirements. You will take four course units as well as completing a portfolio of compositions. You will be allocated a supervisor relevant to your compositional interests, from whom you will receive regular individual supervision.
  • Academic Title
    Composition MusM
  • Course description
    Course description

    There are a significant number of opportunities to have your pieces professionally workshopped, recorded and performed, particularly by Psappha, Music's ensemble-in-association, the University's quartet-in-residence, the Quatuor Danel, and by the BBC Philharmonic as part of the Advanced Orchestration module. Vaganza - the student new music ensemble - and the student orchestra Sinfonietta also perform new music by student and professional composers to a very high standard. New state-of-the art facilities housed in two adjacent buildings cater for a wide range of compositional output ranging from concert hall to multimedia music.

    Module details

    Students will take Composition Etudes, Composition Project and Contemporary Music Studies, which enable them to develop their compositional skills and to further their knowledge of recent repertoire. Students then choose an additional module from Core Study (independent project), Historical or Contemporary Performance, Advanced Orchestration, Film Music Composition, Music Theatre Composition or an electroacoustic module. Throughout the programme, students also work on Composition Portfolio that consists of three varied compositions to be submitted upon completing the previous four modules.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the numerous performance opportunities in the Music Department and elsewhere in Manchester to hear, learn and record their work before it is submitted.

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