The MA Music Composition degree programme offers
you the opportunity to investigate the interrelationships between
your own practice and questions arising about knowledge in and
through art, composition, and dissemination in performance. Aimed
at graduates and practitioners in music composition, this MA will
allow you to build a strong and increasingly confident practice
through awareness and interaction with current contexts of
professional practice and research.
The MA Music Composition is located within the
Faculty of Arts’ Creative Practice hub
and shares delivery of core curriculum regarding practice-led
research methodology with a parallel MA degrees in Applied Theatre,
Theatre and Performance and Fine Arts. Whilst your focus will be on
Music Composition, there will also be opportunities for
cross-disciplinary study and collaborative practice.
The programme will provide you with the
opportunity to develop your compositional practice and thinking,
and provide you with a platform from which to disseminate your
We seek capable, questioning and dedicated
practitioners from a diversity of music practices, whether in the
UK, Europe or beyond, to join us in York and make the most of the
opportunities our programme offers.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if need any
further information. We do hope you will come and join us.
qualifications do I need?
Candidates for the MA programme are considered on
the combination of all elements of their application, including
existing arts practice, evidence of critical and reflective
engagement and academic qualifications.
For all candidates there will be an interview and
consideration of a portfolio of work; this is a central element of
our consideration of applications and also an opportunity for you
to find out more about the programme. In interviews, all candidates
will be asked to give a presentation. The criteria for this are as
- Demonstration of readiness for graduate level
- Evidence of engagement with critical
We are happy to arrange interviews by skype for
Candidates for entry to the MA programme must
normally possess one of the following:
- Graduates with an honours degree at 2:1 or
above in a related subject (e.g. Drama, Theatre, Live Art,
Place/Space/Time Based Art) will normally register for the MA.
- Graduates with an honours degree from another
discipline and working in a professional arts environment or with
extensive experience of arts practice. Academic tutors will
consider such applications on an individual basis.
Applicants not meeting the above criteria
may be considered for initial registration on the
Postgraduate Certificate. If successful in work at postgraduate
level, the student may be permitted to enrol for the Masters’
degree. In particular applicants with a 2:2
degree may be considered according to relevant practice based or
International students will need to demonstrate
that they have equivalent experience /qualifications as home
students (ie same entry criteria as above). If their first
language is not English they must show evidence of English Language
competence at IELTS level 6.0 (in all areas of the test) or
For certain activities within the MA Applied
Theatre programme a Disclosure & Barring
Service (DBS) check may be required (for instance if working
in schools or with young people). It is the responsibility of the
student to obtain DBS checks as appropriate.
Applications from candidates with disabilities
are always considered and assessment of their abilities and needs
are undertaken sensitively. The safety of the potential
student and our ability to fulfil his/her learning needs and
experiences are important in the decision to offer a place on the
does it cost?
The fees are subject to review.
Please visit our
tuition fees webpage for up-to-date information
A 10% discount is applicable to all YSJU
Alumni undertaking PG level study
How do I
Applications should be made direct to York St
John and will be considered throughout the year. T: 01904 876598 E:
How can I find out more?
For general information about York St John please
call our Information Hotline: T: 01904 876598 or E:firstname.lastname@example.org
For enquiries about the Music Composition
degree please contact: David Lancaster - Head of Music T: 01904
876554 E: email@example.com
or Dr Matthew Reason, Head of MA Studies in
Creative Practice E:firstname.lastname@example.org