Composition Bachelor of Music

Entrance Requirements

Applicants who wish to enrol at the University of Music and Theatre have to provide proof of entitlement (normally: “Abitur” – general/specialized higher education entrance qualification or foreign equivalent). As an exception for music studies and on request, this document might be complemented or replaced by a certificate verifying the passed entrance examination to the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Applicants also need to have completed their compulsory education or will presumably have done so before they start their studies

Course Profile

  • Official Length of the programme: four years, 240 ECTS-credits
  • Start of the course: winter semester as well as summer semester
  • Application period: 1 October to 1 December for the summer semester. 1 March to 1 May for the winter semester.
  • University Degree: Bachelor of Music
  • Teaching stuff

Programme Details

The Major Specialism modules (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul” and “Obligatorische Vertiefung Kernmodul”, semesters 1 – 8) provide the core of the Bachelor’s course. Here, the main subject is connected with analysis and instrumentation. Electronic Music and Computer Notation complete the module during the second half of the study.

During the basic module Theory and History I (“Theorie und Geschichte I” semesters 1 – 4) and follow-up module Theory and History II (“Theorie und Geschichte II”; semesters 5 – 8), students gain comprehensive knowledge in the fields of Classical Arrangement and Aural Techniques, Arrangement Techniques of the 20th and 21st century, Aural Analysis, Score and Instrument Studies/Acoustics, Notation Techniques, Musical History, Musicology, and Musical philosophy/Musical Aesthetics. A lecture about the History of Contemporary Music completes the module. With the aforementioned fields of study, this module forms competence in theory, science, and methods and thus functions as the most important supplement of the Major Specialism modules.

The main instrumental or vocal subject forms the centre of the Musical Practice module (“Musikalische Praxis I”, semesters
1 – 4) and the follow-up module Musical Practice II (“Musikalische Praxis II”, semesters 5 – 6) where students develop their artistic skills. During their lessons in their first and secondary instrumental study and in percussion, they get acquainted with playing techniques and specialties of these instruments; vocal lessons provide an introduction of vocal techniques. Choir singing, Basso Continuo, Sight-reading and Score Playing complete the module. The leading of an orchestra/choir/ensemble as well as Improvisation Techniques will also be studied.


Career perspectives

The Bachelor’s course in composition provides a basis to successfully carry out professional work as a composer on the “open market”. Those students who stand out through artistic excellence might either pursue their studies and apply for a Master’s course or start their career immediately. Career opportunities will usually be discussed with the principal instructor who will give appropriate advice.

Language requirements

Foreign students whose native language is not German must provide evidence that their knowledge of German is sufficient for their chosen course. 
For the Bachelor’s degree (Strings), students are required to have reached level B2 as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 
Applicants’ linguistic competence will be established during the aptitude test. 

You will find further information in the Aptitude Test Regulations and Matriculation Regulations (only in German) of Rostock University of Music and Drama.

Aptitude test equirements for the summer semester 2021 - new regulation for the period of the Corona pandemic

We have altered our conditions for the Summer semester 2021 aptitude test due to the current COVID-19 crisis. 


Round 1:
Preselection based on the submitted compositions (to be submitted by December 8, 2020)

Round 2:
On site or online conversation with the selected applicants. Applicants who are invited to the second part of the aptitude test will be informed by January 11, 2021 at the latest.

The second part of the aptitude test will take place on February 3rd, 2021. There is also a language test for foreign applicants.

We look forward to receiving your application!



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A fee of 50 Euro is charged for processing your application for admission. Please transfer this amount when you submit your application.

We will gladly advise you personally!

Mrs Hanka Paschedag
Study Office for Music
fon +49 381 5108 222
fax +49 381 5108 201

Prof. Peter Manfred Wolf, Head of Composition

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