Composition – Western Art Music

Studying a Master's Programme in Composition at KMH means being in a creative environment with sound and music creation in focus. For a long time, we have trained the most outstanding composers in western art music, operating both nationally and internationally.

  • Teaching form:

    Master programme

  • Department:

    Composition, conducting and music theory

  • Pace of study:

    Full time

  • Credits:


  • Admissions:

    1 December 2023 – 15 January 2024

  • Application Code:

    To application (external web site) External link.

In the Master's Programme in Composition you can choose between three different profiles:

  • Electroacoustic Music
  • Jazz
  • Western Art Music

You choose one of these but may study some courses with students in the other profiles. The purpose of the programme is to educate composers for the national and international music scene.


To be eligible for this programme, you need to

  • meet the general entry requirements for second-cycle courses and study programmes, meaning you must have completed an undergraduate study programme of at least 180 ECTS
  • meet the specific entry requirements which are a Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music (180 credits) or equivalent, as well as passed entrance examination.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places, a selection will take place. Selection is based on results on entrance examination.

Read more about general entry requirements

Read the test description for the programme for information about the entrance examination content.

Programme Content

The programme further develops your artistic and technical ability, provides specialized repertoire knowledge and in-depth artistic insight.

The course Composition 1 is based on your composition work, where the teacher tutor you as a student in order to strengthen your artistic skills, artistic voice and ability to reflect. The course also includes work with a annual festival LjudOljud, as well as the seminar series Composition Forum, which illuminates various artistic issues and artistry.

Regular concerts with both instrumental music and electroacoustic music give you many opportunities to get your music performed. This includes collaboration with established ensembles, choirs, orchestras and big bands. The education also includes optional and research preparation courses.

The Master's Programme in Composition ends with a degree project with the emphasis in an artistic musical presentation that is to be reported and documented. This often involves a larger independent composition work together with a written reflective part. In the course Degree Project, a seminar series and individual tutoring will be given as support for writing and implementing your independent work.

Application dates and deadlines

1 December 2023

Application opens at External link, opens in new window.. Please see our Step-by-step guide on how to apply.

15 January 2024

Application deadline and last day to rank your programmes and courses.

16–18 January 2024

An email is sent to the email address you entered on with instructions on how to submit your test to KMH including the link for uploading Test 1. See the test description for information on what to submit.

25 January 2024

14–20 February 2024

Results for Test 1 are sent via email. Passing applicants will receive information and invites to the next test.

9–17 March 2024

Entrance examinations during week 11.

12 April 2024

First notification of selection result. You must reply to keep your place/remain on the waiting list.

25 April 2024

Last day to reply to your offer and keep your place (applies to both admitted and applicants on waiting list). You do this on My pages on External link, opens in new window..

8 May 2024

Second notification of selection result.

26 August 2024

Introduction week and registration.

2 September 2024

Semester starts.