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Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media)

Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media)

Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Composition Interactive Media

Course type


Course Summary

Our MusM Composition (Electroacoustic Music and Interactive Media) master's course provides an in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge compositional techniques, methodologies and associated aesthetics in creative work that intersects with technology and other artistic or scientific forms.

It serves as excellent preparation for a career as a composer working with technology and audio-media, and provides all the training necessary for embarking on and envisioning novel strands for a PhD in electroacoustic composition, including those informed by other scientific and arts form.

All teaching, research and compositional work is carried out in the NOVARS Research Centre for Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound Art, with its state-of-the-art electroacoustic studios.

Opportunities for the performance of new works are offered using the 55-loudspeaker sound diffusion system of MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) and through events such as the Locativeaudio Festival and Sines and Squares Festival for Analogue Electronics and Modular Synthesis.

Acousmatic, mixed, live electronic and multimedia works are all possible, with composers able to incorporate the spatialisation of sound and interactive new game-audio media into the presentation of their work.

You can also choose to take a placement unit where you will spend a minimum of 20 days over a period of up to 12 weeks with an arts and cultural organisation, business or service provider to gain valuable workplace experience.

Different course options

Full time | Main Site | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This course unit requires the completion of an instrumental/vocal or electroacoustic work or performed musical activity in response to specific criteria within a limited period of time. The criteria may be collaborative in nature and/or may involve musical ideas and concepts relating to, or combining with, other art forms (visual, literary or dramatic), media (for example, film, interactive media or locativemedia), disciplines (scientific, artistic) and/or creative industries (for example, games web network). Previous projects have related to particular architectural spaces, visual media, historical concepts or themes, urban studies, etc. Students will be supported by individual supervisions as negotiated with the course tutor, alongside independent work. Students are responsible for organising the realisation of their compositions; in the case of instrumental/vocal composers, this includes organising performers, rehearsals and all performance materials.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject (normally Music, or with music as a substantial component of the programme). In some circumstances (i.e. applicants with a scientific background or experienced professionals in the composition field), we may consider appropriate alternative routes to entry.