Master of Research - Composition
We want you to graduate as a skilled composer with a deep understanding of contemporary music.
We’ll support developments in your creative practice through practical consideration of both your professional and academic skills, to help you:
- Improve the way you promote your work and plan projects
- Understand Composition as an academic discipline.
You’ll develop creative and technical skills throughout the course, alongside the ability to think critically about composition.
You’ll have opportunities to collaborate with other creative artists, such as choreographers, filmmakers and theatre practitioners, through joint projects and seminar discussion.
The MA and MRes Composition pathways offer a different emphasis. MRes Composition provides an opportunity to conduct an extended, focused composition project, combining both creative work and academic research. MA Composition provides a space to explore a wider range of approaches and to experiment with new ideas. Composers on both pathways are taught together and work with Bath Spa’s wider Music and Performance community.
We’ll meet with you on a one-to-one basis through weekly tutorials to help you develop your work technically and aesthetically.
We’ll discuss broader issues in groups through weekly seminar sessions. Topics could include particular composers or approaches, compositional problems, or explorations of professional contexts.
We organise rehearsals and workshops with visiting professional musicians and fellow students. This enables you to hear your work played live and to make changes based on discussion and feedback.
Students of MA Composition and MRes Composition participate in the same seminars and workshops.
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Minimum English Language Requirements
|English Level Description||IELTS (1.0 -9.0)||TOEFL IBT (0-120)||TOEFL CBT (0-300)||PTE (10-90)|
|Extremely Limited||< 4||< 31||< 93||< 30|
Job Opportunity Potential
We’ve got lots to share with you and to help we have split our work into three elements which will support you with:
- Exploring your options
- Gaining valuable experience
- Progressing your ideas and career plans
At Bath Spa we believe you are continually exploring your options and experiencing different pathways to progression, but that this journey is not linear. It keeps on going throughout your time with us and when you leave. Some of our services cross all three areas and allow you to explore, experience and progress all in one, such as The Bath Spa Award.
We encourage you to read resources and attend events across all stages of Explore, Experience and Progress as they will offer beneficial insight and development opportunities regardless of the current stage you are at in your career journey.
- 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).
Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria
Normally a Second Class honours degree.
Normally a Bachelor's degree with honours and a good passing grade from an internationally recognised university or Higher Education institution
Other international qualifications to an equivalent standard will also be considered.
IELTS Academic 6.5 or 7.0
This must include a total of 75, to include a minimum 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, and 17 in Writing.
Our postgraduate courses have differing requirements depending on the course. For specific information please see the course webpage.
For courses requiring IELTS 6.5, the PTE required score is 58 overall with at least 51 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
For courses requiring IELTS 7.0, the PTE required score is 67 overall with at least 62 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
We accept the LanguageCert International ESOL with an overall B2 Communicator Pass or High Pass (depending on the course)
- Course Type: Full Time
- Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
- Duration: 01 Year
Total Tuition Fee:
Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
Application Fee: N/A