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PhD by Composition (Acoustic and electroacoustic)

PhD by Composition (Acoustic and electroacoustic)

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Music Composition

Course type


Course Summary

Composers work independently, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. There are currently seven members of staff at York supervising composition. There are weekly CMRC seminars (Tuesdays 4.00-5.30pm) throughout the academic year. Some of these are presented by visiting composers, others by staff or postgraduate students of the department.

The student run Chimera Ensemble provides a regular public platform for high quality performance of student compositions, and other performance opportunities are ofen provided by the resident ensembles, University Chamber Orchestra, and professional orchestras and ensembles in the region.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


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

Normally a good honours degree in music and an MA in composition. In some instances composers may be accepted for MPhil/PhD directly from a first degree. The chief criterion for acceptance is evidence of a high level of ability and originality in composition.