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Music - Composition

Started in the academic year 2012-13, the music department is offering a one-year M.Phil. in Music Composition to cater for the growing demand for graduate studies of international standing in the area. Apart from one-on-one mentorship in composition itself, students will take courses in among others, music composition, experimental music theatre and contemporary opera, film music aesthetics, advanced orchestration (using technology as an assistant), and composition for mixed media. This proposed M.Phil course is providing a backbone of activity for the Music Composition Centre, part of Trinity’s new initiative in Creative Arts, Technology and Culture.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree (at least an upper second or a GPA of at least 3.3). A sample of the candidate’s own critical and music writing (essay around 2,000 - 3,000 words and two compositions) is also required.


1 year full time.

Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr. Evangelia Rigaki
Course Email:
Course Tel: +353 (0)1 896 1120
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Subjects taught

Course Content: The course consists of: 6 compulsory taught modules spread across two semesters (60 ECTS). Each compulsory module is worth 10 ECTS.
The compulsory modules are
1. Contemporary Music Studies,
2. Advanced Orchestration and Art of Recording,
3. Mixed Media,
4. Contemporary Opera/Experimental Music Theatre,
5. Composition I and Composition,
6. Analysis and Film Theory.

Dissertation Module (30 ECTS). The dissertation module consists of two components: (a) final portfolio of composition, and (b) an accompanying thesis of around 10,000 words. The final portfolio of compositions must have a performing duration of between 20-35 minutes. Portfolios with longer performance times will also be accepted, but these must be agreed in advance with the course director. Students will work on developing their portfolio and accompanying thesis in conjunction with an assigned supervisor. The accompanying thesis should deal with the structure, aesthetics and methods used by the candidate in the act of composition. The thesis should demonstrate a good knowledge of the context surrounding the candidate’s work, and in doing so should engage with history, criticism.

Application date

Closing Date: 30th June 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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