Reasons to choose the programme

You will receive broad skills training with access to supervision from a range of leading figures in composition and sound design.   
Unparalleled flexibility: the programme provides exciting opportunities for exploration across a range of creative practices and wider afield with the Schools of Art, Architecture, Design, and History of Art.   
Professional prospects: the practical experience you will gain will stand you in good stead for a career in music and. Several of our alumni have gone on to have highly successful careers as composers.   
A world-class research environment: be part of an outstanding University with a world-class international reputation.   
A vibrant capital city: study in Edinburgh, one of the world’s great capital cities, with a vibrant music and arts scene. The beautiful highlands of Scotland are also only a short journey away.


The MMus Composition programme is for open-minded and adaptable composers keen to acquire new skills and consolidate their 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. 

Our MMus in Composition is a strongly interdisciplinary programme of study during which you will have the opportunity to create:

  • acoustic and instrumental music
  • screen/film/animation music
  • interactive game audio 
  • sound installations and sonic art 


Graduates of the programme will be armed with professional, practical, analytical and intellectual skills to take into music-related industries or on towards further academic study, such as a PhD. 


The rich, cross-disciplinary programme of study we offer provides graduates with advanced skills in composing across formats and in a range of contexts from film and game music through to music for theatre and music for the concert hall, album, mobile phone or studio. 

As a graduate of this programme you will feel empowered to take on commissions in professional compositional areas and to pursue your own creative path as an independent composer. 

Graduates from our composition degrees are now working in theatre, radio, TV and video games, as sound recordists, live performers, gigging singer-songwriters and many are active on the global music scene as composers in residences with orchestras, ensembles, educational projects and other art spaces. 

Many graduates are running successful music-related businesses around the world, and several have PhDs and are pursuing academic careers.

You will gain a wide variety of transferable skills, such as the ability to research & analyse music, structure & manage your time, work and communicate effectively as part of an arts production team. These skills will increase your employability across the arts and further afield. 

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 Chris Letcher

Senior Lecturer

Programme Director MMus Composition


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: 13 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