Reasons to choose the programme

Lively and friendly creative environment.
Wide range of course options.
Expert skills-based training in composition across the creative spectrum 
Regular recording and performance opportunities 
Contact with internationally renowned performers 


We know you’re out there. Curious, open-minded, adaptable. Keen to acquire new skills and consolidate your existing knowledge across all areas of new music creation. You may have been making music in your bedroom with experimental sound software or have three string quartets under your belt. You could be a trained performer looking to develop a new musical voice by creating new sounds, systems and music for your instrument, or you could be hoping to skill up so that you’re attractive to the film and game music industries. 

Whatever your compositional background and whatever your compositional ambitions, if you’ve been composing and creating music at University level or producing work and sharing it with your community, this programme will help you learn a great deal more about your craft and to deeply explore your potential as creative musician. 

This Composition Masters Programme offers its students a broad skills training aiming to prepare the most imaginative and versatile musical minds for a future in music-making across the creative industries. 

The Reid School of Music is situated within Edinburgh College of Art, with the possibility of collaboration with art-forms including film, video, art writing, sculpture and many others. 


What you will study

Our MMus in Composition offers a series of 120 taught course credits that focus on different areas of compositional and sonic arts expertise from creative coding to crafting live music for screen. 

At the heart of the programme is a portfolio of compositions produced across two taught semesters. These are guided into being with one of our specialist supervisors chosen to match your aspirations as a music inventor. You also select a range of other taught options designed to help you build up your skill set and knowledge across the fields of musical composition, sound design and sonic-arts. The new skills you develop are then applied over the summer where you devise and produce your own body of creative work and write a detailed paper explaining your process and influences. 

Participants can also take advantage of a vibrant creative environment which includes free improvisation, algorithmic composition using computer software, and live interactive electronics. The annual Dialogues Festival provides a series of performances by exceptional visiting artists. 


How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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Dr Gareth Williams

Chancellor's Fellow, Music

Programme Director - MMus Composition


Tel: +44 (0)131 650 2429

Dr Chris Letcher

Lecturer in Sound for Media


Facilities and resources

Our extensive range of music studio spaces, equipment, and software will allow you to see your audio projects all the way through from composition and recording, to mixing, mastering, and post-production.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections in the world.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.

Scholarships and bursaries

Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

  • Deadline: 1 March 2023
  • Value: £10,500
  • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.

Jean Kennoway Howells Scholarship

  • Deadline: 1 March 2023
  • Value: £15,000
  • Eligibility: For applicants to full-time postgraduate taught Masters programmes in the Reid School of Music.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086