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Composition students on the roof of the Academy. Picture taken for festival in 2017.

Master of Music in Composition

Programme length

2 years (120 ECTS credits)

Language of Instruction

Norwegian or English

Application Deadline

15 December. Online application (Søknadsweb) opens 1 November.

Application and auditions

Programme Description

The Master of Music in Composition programme trains highly skilled composers within three concentration areas: Composition, Film Music Composition, and Composition for Large Jazz Ensembles.

Through the development and completion of an individual creative master project and a written thesis, students advance their skills and autonomy as composers. Courses such as Research Forum and the Creative and Aesthetic Seminar challenge students to reflect on their individual project in larger musical and cultural contexts.

Film Music concentration students receive part of their training at The Norwegian Film School at Lillehammer University College, and parts of the lessons take place at the Film School's facilities in Oslo. The master with film music concentration is advertised every second year only. Next possibility to apply is from 1 November - 15 December 2019. 

After two years of coursework, you’ll be expected to be able to perform as a composer at the highest professional level. The programme will provide the basis for admission to Ph.D. programmes and the Artistic Research Programme.

Admission to Film Music Composition takes place every two years; next for the 2020/2021 academic year. Deadline for application is 1 December.

Curriculum for the Master of Music in Composition enrolment 2018

Admission Requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor's Degree in Music with 80 ECTS credits in subjects related to composition, and passed entrance examinations. During entrance examinations the applicant must demonstrate a high degree of artistic achievement through her or his original compositions.

For applicants to the Jazz Composition concentration the prerequisite 80 credits in Composition may be substituted with 80 credits in Jazz/Improvised Music Performance subjects or 80 credits in Musicology.

There is a limited number of study places available and admission is competitive. The applicants found most qualified will be admitted.

Application and auditions for Master of Music in Composition

Scholarship NMH history project 

NMH history project offers scholarships (NOK 30.000) to master students who decide to write their thesis in a field relevant for the history project. Read more about the scholarship and how to apply here.


If you have questions about applications and auditions, please contact: opptak@nmh.no

Tel: +47 23 36 70 00 (Phone time 12.00-15.00 Monday-Friday)

Contact your programme leader if you have any questions about the academic content of your study programme.

Programme Leader and Academic Advisor - Composition and Film Music Composition


Asbjørn Schaathun



Academic Advisor - Jazz Composition


Helge Sunde

Associate Professor

Composition, Music Theory, Arranging

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Fundamental knowledge and skills in composition combined with musical exploration and experimentation.