Ph.D. On Campus

Musical Composition

The University of Edinburgh

36 months
23350 GBP/year
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The Musical Composition programme offered by The University of Edinburgh allows students to explore their creative language and horizons in relationship to contemporary compositional styles and challenges. 


Students applying for the Musical Composition programme offered by The University of Edinburgh must submit a portfolio of original compositions in place of a thesis. The portfolio should normally include one major work, the performance of which would occupy an entire evening (i.e. an opera). Part or all of the portfolio may consist of computer-based or electronic fixed-media works, interactive work or work involving new media.

Each student's creative work is developed and guided through supervision. There are no stylistic preferences and all contemporary styles are encouraged, including the use of new technologies.

At the time of writing there is no requirement for an additional thesis or commentary to accompany the portfolio, but students are required to develop an understanding of the cultural context of their work.


  • Six purpose-built, acoustically treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space
  • Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system
  • More than 500,000 rare books, artworks, scientific artefacts, historically significant musical instruments, and manuscripts

Programme Structure

Training and support

  • All of our research students benefit from Edinburgh College of Art's interdisciplinary approach, and all are assigned two research supervisors. 
  • Your second supervisor may be from another discipline within Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), or from somewhere else within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences or elsewhere within the University, according to the expertise required. 
  • On occasion more than two supervisors will be assigned, particularly where the degree brings together multiple disciplines.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Normally a UK masters degree or its international equivalent.
  • You must submit a portfolio as part of your application. Your portfolio should include three pieces of composition or examples of work related to your proposed field of study.
  • If you do not meet the academic entry requirements, we may still consider your application on the basis of your portfolio and/or relevant professional experience.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23350 GBP per year during 36 months.

PhD PT fees

  • International - £11,675
  • Home fees have still to be agreed

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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