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Sound Practice and Composition MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Music Composition

Course type


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.

Different course options

Full time | Northampton Square | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students should normally hold (or expect to gain) an upper second class honours degree. While most students come with a first degree in Music or Music Technology, we do consider applicants with a good honours degree in related subjects in the arts, humanities, and sciences if they can demonstrate musical expertise and experience.

University information

City, University of London is a leading UK university, with a global vision and a commitment to transforming lives through education. It is home to 20,000 students, 46% of which are studying at postgraduate level, and has an alumni of more than 140,000 graduates, from over 180 countries. The University is divided into five different Schools: Cass Business School School of Arts & Social Sciences School of Health Sciences School of...more

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