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Musical Composition MPhil

Key information

Qualification type

MPhil - Master of Philosophy

Subject areas

Music Composition

Course type


Course Summary

For our Musical Composition MPhil, you’ll research and develop new musical languages. You achieve this through building a portfolio of works accompanied by a reflective critical commentary.

Our facilities provide the latest tools in software and hardware in the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio. Other specialist facilities include rare 20th-century music scores and unique collections of jazz and music television documentaries.

Our supervisors in the field of Musical Composition have particular expertise in:

  • opera
  • orchestral and chamber music
  • electronic and computer music
  • film and media music
  • improvisation.

For an MPhil, your work is an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You’ll graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy. You might be able to change to a PhD while you study for an MPhil.

Different course options

Full time | University of Sussex | 3 years | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree. Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.