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Electronic Music Composition

Key information

Qualification type

Mmus/MusM - Master of Music

Subject areas

Music Composition Electronic Music

Course type


Course Summary

The London College of Music (LCM) is known in the UK and abroad as a leader in music technology studies and, in particular, popular electronic music composition.

This course will be of special interest to composers of electronic music in the traditional sense and to contemporary artists who combine this role with that of engineer, musician, producer and DJ.

Our extensive research in this subject area means our teaching is informed directly by current ideas on the academic study of record production. You will learn from teaching staff renowned for their professional expertise alongside other highly motivated artists who may become part of your own network.

This is an industry-focused electronic music course, and it assumes you have a level of competence in composition or music sequencing and production.

You will study a broad range of electronic music, from popular electronic dance music styles to art forms such as electroacoustic music. Your composition studies will include one-to-one tutorials in a specialised area of electronic music.

You will also examine:

  • the history and concepts of electronic music
  • the creation of sound installations
  • live performances.

A number of options allow for further exploration in the theory and practice of sequencing, sound synthesis, sampling, production techniques and the use of Max/MSP.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, practical workshops, seminars and tutorial discussions. Our teaching rooms are equipped with ProTools HD systems, Audient mixing consoles and C24 control surfaces, and lectures will involve frequent practical demonstrations and examples.

The teaching hours for the course are concentrated into two days per week for full-time and one day for part-time students. For the rest of the week you will use the facilities to complete your assignments and develop your composing skills, create music with other LCM students and engage in self-directed study. There are weekly seminars in the first semester followed by one-to-one supervision for your dissertation.

On completing the course you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to gain an enhanced route into the industry or pursue further studies.

Different course options

Full time | University of West London | 1 year | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Project Dissertation - Core
Research Methods - Core
Electronic Music Composition 1 - Core
Electronic Music Composition 2 - Core
Game Audio - Core
Interactive Music Technology - Optional
Interface Design for Music - Optional
Audio and MIDI Production for the Screen Composer - Optional
Immersive Audio - Optional
Combining Sounds - Optional
Advanced Hybrid Production - Optional
Manipulating Sounds - Optional

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

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need an honours degree (2:1 or above) in music, music technology or a related subject; advanced musical knowledge (although knowledge of notation and instrumental skills are not required); a portfolio of degree level or professional work; a written statement. This course also offer students a place based on relevant experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications are considered individually.

University information

The University of West London (UWL) is based in the heart of one of the UK’s most successful business regions, with a number of global organisations such a GlaxoSmithKline and Sky based locally. The University offers postgraduate courses in subjects ranging from nursing to music. Known as the ‘career university’, there is an impressive graduate employment rate, with courses specifically designed to enable students to secure work after...more

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