Master's degree in composition

Programme details

The Major Specialism modules I+II (“Künstlerisches Kernmodul I+II”, semesters 1 – 4) provide the core of the Master’s course. Here, the major is connected with the constant Analysis of Contemporary Music and Music Analysis in general. The Key Module (“Schwerpunktmodul”, semesters 1 – 2) emphasises the practical component of the study programme and focuses on the composer’s assertion on the professional market: Lessons in Self Management/Career Planning, exercises in Performance Skills where students learn how to appear in public and the acquisition of Recording Skills contribute to achieve this aim. The Key Module also considers side fields of the major like Improvisation as well as the reliable and active comprehension of musical works (Aural Skills).

The Modules Applied Music Theory and Musicology I+II (“Angewandte Musiktheorie und Musikwissenschaft I+II”, semesters 1–4) emphasise the scientific elements of the study course comprising special seminars in Musicology, scientific working methods and techniques for the verbalisation of music (Music Critique).

During the 3rd and the 4th semester, students choose one module out of a module catalogue to either refine their artistic skills  or to specialise (for instance in Elementary Music Education).

Course Profile

  • Official Length of the programme: two years, 120 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: Master of Music
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Career perspectives

The Master’s course in composition aims to qualify competent and well-informed composers.

Students learn primarily how to compose Contemporary Music founded on the traditional principals of the 20th century, to develop an excellent understanding of musical analysis and the ability to question all areas of Contemporary Music from the musicological and aesthetical perspective.

The study programme has been designed for Bachelor’s graduates (or equivalent degree) who stand out through artistic excellence in the field of composition.

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 Master’s degree (Orchestra), 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

Due to the corona situation, we have adjusted the aptitude test procedure:

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!


Click here for the ONLINE APPLICATION and the dates of the APTITUDE TEST.

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

Any other questions?

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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