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University of York

York , England ,United Kingdom

Music PhD by Composition (Acoustic and electroacoustic)

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.

Submission requirements
A folio of compositions (scores/tapes/CDs), accompanied by a brief commentary on the pieces submitted. The exact quantity of works to be submitted is not strictly prescribed, but as a guide it is anticipated that the PhD folio should contain about eight works, of which at least one should be substantial, the MPhil folio about six. A folio may consist entirely of acoustic works, entirely of electro-acoustic works, or contain a combination of both. All students register for the MPhil in the first instance, upgrading to PhD taking place during the second year if work is progressing at a suitable level.


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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)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

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Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

For a postgraduate taught course such as a Masters, you would normally need a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution.

Typically you would need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second class honours degree, however some courses will accept lower second class honours degrees. Actual requirements will vary by course.
A score of 60 per cent is considered comparable to a UK 2:1
A score of 50 per cent is considered comparable to a UK 2:2
We take into account universities who mark more rigorously, eg University of Delhi, where we usually accept 55 per cent or higher.
English language
If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:
Minimum requirement
IELTS 7.0 minimum 6.5 in Writing and 6.0 in all other components
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 176 in Writing and 169 in all other components
Duolingo 110, minimum 110 in production and 100 in all other components
LanguageCert B2 Communicator High Pass with 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 61 in Writing and 55 in all other components
TOEFL 87, minimum 23 in Writing and 21 in all other components
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components