M.A. Music Composition

Maynooth University

Application deadline: 31 March.15 August
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,841 / Year (EEA)
  • € 13,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The MA in Composition is designed to impart, through a very focused roster of courses, the aesthetic and technical skills needed to develop an individuals personal artistic voice. Courses covering revolutionary 20th and 21st century compositional techniques, creative uses of technology and contemporary aesthetics have been carefully developed to spur on new ways of creating music and engaging with society through composition.

Career OptionsNumerous career options are available: composer, arranger, performer/improviser, music copyist, arts management, essayist/ critic, etc. In addition many non-arts based companies also look for creative, independent employees; traits that this course cultivates.


Course Structure

The course is taught over two semesters. There are 6 taught courses led by four of Irelands most experienced composers. The degree will culminate in a portfolio of original compositions, putting into practice and developing upon what is demonstrated throughout the course.

Course Duration: 1 year Full-timeCourses Include:

* Interactive systems
* Electroacoustic composition
* Software sound synthesis
* Sound recording techniques
* Acoustics & psychoacoustics
* Portfolio of compositions
* Contemporary compositional techniques I
* Contemporary compositional techniques II
* Aesthetics of 20th/21st century music
* Styles & ideas


Honours degree normally with a minimum of Grade 2.1 in music. Applicants will be required to attend for interview as part of the admissions process.

Submission of examples of recent composition to the course convenor at the time of application demonstrating attainment equivalent to high 2.1 Bachelor Degree level composition skills. Competition for places applies.

Applicants must have a recognised primary degree which is considered equivalent to Irish university primary degree level.

Minimum English language requirements:

* IELTS: 6.5 minimum overall score
* TOEFL (Paper based test): 585
* TOEFL (Internet based test): 95
* PTE (Pearson): 62

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 585
TOEFL iBT® test: 95

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