Music, Composition, Master

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
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The Music, Composition program from the University of Gothenburg aims to prepare for upcoming activities as a professional composer, but can also serve as a basis for further studies at the doctoral level.


Musical composition can, in its most basic form, sensitize us to the specific contexts through which sound is experienced. To accept Luigi Nonos challange that composition can reawaken ones senses in order to participate in something much larger than ourselves is the key challenge for contemporary musical composition. At the Academy of Music and Drama (Högskolan för scen och musik) we accept such an orientation by focusing upon a students artistic growth and conceptual thinking in conjunction with a students experimentation with instrumental sound, notation and structural thinking. Ideally, composers at Högskolan för scen och musik develop as artistic forces in the local and global contexts of our society in order to create unique artistic expressions, and reflections of human values through their compositions and cross-border co-operations.

Högskolan för scen och musik (HSM) is an open and creative meeting point with windows out to the world, which is why we emphasize interdisciplinary knowledge and collaborations with other programs such as opera, theater, film, literature, poetry, architecture and the visual arts. We also offer technical expertise in a variety of technologies with our Lindblad Studio. The Music, Composition program from the University of Gothenburg aims to prepare for upcoming activities as a professional composer, but can also serve as a basis for further studies at the doctoral level.

The basis of the instruction includes individual tuition, analysis seminars, aesthetics seminars and open score seminars in conjunction with the Improvisation Department. Opportunites for composers include various chamber ensembles formed with performance students and the choir at HSM, international renowned professional ensembles, Stockholm Wind Orchestra, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Musica Vitae String Orchestra and various outside projects that can include collaborations with the Gothenburg Opera, sound installations and various electronic music collaborations.

Each year there is a Siren Festival where composers have their works performed at HSM.

Programme Structure

The Master programme at the Academy of Music and Drama runs through two years at advanced level.

It aims at students who already have a Bachelor s degree or comparable knowledge on 180 higher education credits (three years studies in higher education).

The programme is given in English. Students who have obtained the Master s degree are eligible to apply for the PhD programme in music performance or composition. Basic courses: Literature and scientific method - Track seminars - Thesis project.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Bachelor degree of arts in music or equivalent, and musical knowledge and skills that are assessed at the admission test and are the basis for selection.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 36392 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application fee 900 SEK
  • Full programme cost 352 600 SEK
  • First payment 88 150 SEK
  • Application and tuition fees do not apply for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students.


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