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Composition Diploma


The Master’s programme in Music, Composition Diploma, is aimed at students who want to develop their artistry as a composer with a focus on Western contemporary art music. The programme is designed to develop future composers with great artistic and professional ability through a specialised education in composition focusing on highly qualified tasks.

The programme involves in-depth studies and specialisation in orchestral composition and other major projects in collaboration with professional institutions and ensembles. This places great demands on work discipline and responsibility.

After completing the programme, you shall have well-developed knowledge and skills as well as a personal aesthetic in your work and the ability to create music at a high artistic level. Furthermore, you shall have acquired in-depth knowledge of composing for different instrumental ensembles and shall be prepared to work and act independently on a professional level in a changing cultural life. You shall also have developed the ability to study in a self-directed and independent way. Teaching in composition is given in the form of individual lessons and seminars. Projects and degree project are included.

Bent Sørensen professor in Composition
Rolf Martinsson professor in Music Theory, Arranging and Composition

General requirements for university studies in Sweden as well as a Bachelor in Music 180 credits or equivalent and successful admission tests to the Master’s Programme in Music, Composition Diploma.

One of the most indispensable and unique activities of the Composition Department is the sought after annual external projects in collaboration with leading symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, choirs and chamber music ensembles which give the students many occasions to hear their music in rehearsals and concerts. Thanks to this the students have the opportunity already during their studies to build an extensive cultural network and create a platform for an effective development of the composer’s practical relation to and experience of the artistic collaboration with orchestras such as the Malmö, Norrköping, Gävle and Helsingborg symphony orchestras, Swedish Wind Ensemble, Jönköping Sinfonietta and the string orchestra Musica Vitae.

Some projects are realised as a collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg. The students take part in projects during their entire education.

Connect Festival is a contemporary music festival organised by the students.

Read more about Connect Festival

The Composition Seminar is a forum for aesthetic discussions, analysis, reflection and meetings with visiting professors, composers and musicians within the field of contemporary art music.

The Composition Studio is the platform for the students' own creation of electro-acoustic music, live electronics and experimental studio work.

The foundation Annik and Lars Leander awards an annual scholarship to the Composition Department at Malmö Academy of Music. Composition students from the following programmes are qualified to apply:

Master programmes
• Composition Diploma
• Composition
• Composition – Scoring for Film and Media

Bachelor programme
• Composition

Read more about the scholarships at Malmö Academy of Music

Every year the Royal Swedish Academy of Music (RSAM) awards national and local scholarships.

Read more about RSAM’s scholarships

Every year the students are offered the possibility to apply for international exchange studies through the well-developed internationalisation programme at Malmö Academy of Music that gives the opportunity to experience new exciting study environments, new teachers and a new cultural life with the possibility to create new connections.

Read more about international exchange studies

Inter Arts Centre is our platform for electro-acoustic music and a meeting place for collaborations with other art forms such as theatre and the visual arts.

Read more about Inter Arts Center

At the conclusion of the programme, students complete a degree project including one performance part and one creative research part with written reflections. The degree project for a composition student is often based on a composition project but could also be based on an exam concert if a student prefers to plan also for that apart from the composition project. On completion of the programme, a Degree of Master in Music, Composition Diploma, is awarded.


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Listen to students talking about the programme (subtitles available in English under settings)
9 Pieces for Solo Guitar | A collaboration between guitar and composition students | 2023