Royal College of Music

Degree level: Postgraduate
UCAS Conservatoires

Master of Music in Composition - Composition for Screen (Taught)

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Course summary

The Royal College of Music offers a diverse two-year Masters programme with multiple study routes, which allow students to work towards the qualification most suited to their needs. The Master of Music (MMus) qualification develops students’ critical, analytical and research skills, as well as their ability to express themselves verbally to a high level. Such skills are particularly relevant for those who are interested in studying the background and context of the music they perform and analyse, and those who hope to teach or communicate about music beyond their principal study (for example as professional educators, facilitators or curators). This is in addition to continuing to develop students’ practical skills to a very high standard. The MMus can also provide the basis for further research through our Level 8 doctoral degrees. The Master of Music in Composition for Screen qualification develops your composition skills to a professional level through a range of intensive training and varied performance opportunities. Composition for Screen allows students at postgraduate level to concentrate on developing the skills necessary for a demanding but rewarding profession. Our postgraduate programme in Composition for Screen will help you to develop professionally in this rewarding yet competitive field. London is one of the busiest production centres in the world for the film, television ad advertising industries, and studying here will see you at the heart of this fertile creative environment. The Composition for Screen programme offers one-to-one tuition by leading composers and experts emphasising a practical approach to this area of study. Group tutorials and lectures focus on practical skills, critical self-reflection, historical, aesthetic and narrative considerations. There are performance opportunities of your work by fellow RCM students as well as visiting and resident professional ensembles. You will have the opportunity to attend networking events and workshops with film, television, and new media professionals as well as collaborations and joint tutorials with students from London-based film schools. This course is also available on a part-time basis over 3 years upon request. Due to the intensive nature of this course we are unable to offer the option of a secondary specialism.

Course details

Principal study options

During the application and audition process, you must select which instrument(s) you wish to specialise in for the duration of your course. On this course, you can choose from the following options:

Single specialism

Only one instrument is studied. It may be possible to study a further instrument formatively, but this will not contribute towards the qualification.


For all courses, you must select at least one specialism from the 'primary' list. For those studying primary/secondary pathways, two instruments may be selected – one from the 'primary' list and one from the 'secondary' list. Joint pathway students may select any two instruments from either list.

Primary instrument/specialism

  • Composition for Screen


The course includes two research-led MMus modules: Critical Portfolio in Year 1 and Research Project in Year 2. These modules are taken alongside a full programme of performance or composition studies in common with the MPerf Programme.

How to apply

*If you are an international applicant, or you are applying for a postgraduate course, or are choosing certain assessment locations, the 'on time' deadline may be later in the year - please contact the conservatoire directly.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The Royal College of Music has a long tradition of welcoming international students from all over the world. Our broad community of staff and students makes the RCM an exciting and diverse hub of musical activity. Almost half of our students are from outside the UK, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The application process and deadline are the same for applicants of all nationalities. Composition interviews take place in London and by online interview. We are unable to offer composition interviews at our international audition locations.

Entry requirements

An undergraduate degree or an equivalent international qualification, usually in music. Any offer of a place on this course will be conditional on submission of two recent examples of extended written work in English of a satisfactory standard.

Additional entry requirements



Portfolios must be submitted by the application deadline. Details of how to submit your portfolio are available at

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 5.5 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
PTE Academic76Score above refers to overall score. Additionally, a score of 59 is required in all components. Results must be within 2 years of course start date in order to be valid.
Trinity ISEPassTrinity ISE III certificate. Must include a pass in all components.
Cambridge English AdvancedCOverall score of 180-200, with no less than 160 in any component. For tests sat before January 2015 we require an overall pass at Grade B OR Grade C and at least ‘borderline’ in all four components.
TOEFL (iBT)95Overall score of 95, with minimum component scores of: Reading -24, Listening -22, Speaking -25, Writing -24

Nationals of majority English speaking countries (as defined by the UK Home Office) do not need to sit an English test if you can provide a valid passport from an English speaking country. Some other exceptions apply; please see the RCM website for further details.

The RCM's English Language Requirements are available at this link:

Assessment locations

In the event of a successful assessment, applicants may be invited for a further interview prior to being made an offer.

Remote assessment recordings may be accepted in the event that you cannot attend an assessment in person.

Single specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
Online Interview£115£115

Joint principal specialism assessment

LocationOn-time FeeLate Fee
LondonNot available at this location
Online InterviewNot available at this location

Additional information

Composition for Screen applications are assessed through a two stage process. Composers audition by submitting a portfolio of work to the RCM for consideration. Candidates whose portfolios demonstrate potential will be invited to interview. Prior to interview Composition for Screen candidates will be sent a short vocational task to complete (such as composing a short excerpt to accompany an image or scenario). Please see for further details of how to submit your portfolio.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees are still to be confirmed for the 2024-25 academic year. More information can be found at

Sponsorship information

All composers invited for an interview, both in person and by video, will automatically be considered for a scholarship or study award. There is no separate application process. Scholarships are awarded on merit based on the strength of portfolio and interview.

Master of Music in Composition - Composition for Screen at Royal College of Music - UCAS