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Composition and Sonic Art MMus/PgDip

Composition and Sonic Art MMus/PgDip

Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Composition Sound Engineering

Course type


Course Summary

The MMus in Composition and Sonic Art allows you to develop your skills and understanding of contemporary practices in music composition and sonic art. The programme will equip you with the knowledge required to compose in a range of styles and genres, while enabling you to develop high-level skills in a compositional field of your choice. You will learn more about the concepts of research-led practice, and will hone high-level transferable skills in critical thinking, conceptual thinking, problem solving, analysis, communication, self-direction, creativity and originality.

The MMus in Composition and Sonic Art will allow you to develop a strong original voice in an academic environment, and is an ideal preparation for further creative work at PhD level and beyond. The programme will also equip you with skills in critical thinking, creativity and communication which are valued by employers both within and outside the field of music. Recent graduates have pursued successful careers as professional composers, arrangers, music typesetters, arts administrators, teachers, educational advisers, performers, and business people. Students can exit at Postgraduate Diploma level.

Different course options

Full time | Bangor University | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

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Dissertation or other approved prose submission/ Edition with commentary The module aims: 1. to enable the student to produce an extended piece of writing that embodies the methods and results of a research project. 2. to acquire a wider and more profound knowledge and understanding of the field of study, building on the work undertaken for MA Part I. 3. to enhance study and research skills as appropriate 4. to develop independence of thought and the ability to sustain an argument 5. to learn how to structure a complex argument, incorporating a range of primary and secondary evidence. 6. to understand concepts and techniques currently being applied in the chosen field 7. to enable selection of a methodology or methodologies appropriate to the chosen subject. 8. to develop the ability to communicate persuasively and unambiguously in writing. 9. to develop the ability to document evidence using an appropriate system of referencing. This is semester 3 module.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need a first degree at 2.2 standard or higher (or equivalent) is required; candidates with a 2.2 degree must however achieve a 2.1 in a substantial project in their chosen area of study (e.g. a portfolio of compositions); applicants may be asked to submit representative samples of their creative work (normally two or three pieces).

University information

Located in North Wales, between the mountains and the sea, Bangor University offers postgraduate degrees within three colleges: Arts, Humanities and Business Environmental Sciences and Engineering Human Sciences Known for its research work, Bangor is renowned in particular for its research into industries like accounting, electronic engineering, sports science and psychology. In fact, the last Research Excellence Framework (REF,...more

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