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Composition (master’s)

Composition students can earn a degree in the Music program.

Successful graduates from the bachelor's program can continue with a four-semester master’s program in Composition. Here too the focus is on instruction in composing. In addition, four areas of focus are available for selection: Conducting, Instrument/Voice, Music Theory or Media Composition. As is the case in the bachelor’s program, the master’s program also offers a wide range of elective courses allowing students to further develop and extend their artistic abilities.

The University offers opportunities for students to present their own compositions in class evenings or in the annual New Music Marathon Night.

Detailed information about the sequence and contents of the program can be found in the Composition (master’s) module overview.


Prof. Oliver Schneller
Jose Maria Sánchez-Verdú

Proficiency test

Candidates for the Composition master’s program must complete a proficiency test: Requirements for the Composition master’s program.

Proficiency in German

International applicants must possess adequate German language skills. The B2 certificate (according to the Goethe Institute classification system) or a comparable qualification is required. This also applies to direct enrollment in a higher semester.

Commencement of studies and application deadlines

In the Composition master’s program, studies can commence in the winter or the summer semester. The application deadline is March 1 (for studies commencing in the winter semester) and October 31 (for studies commencing in the summer semester). The date-of-receipt stamp of the university applies.


Applications must be submitted online, along with access to the online application portal Muvac. Further information can be found here (German).

Further Information

Questions about the academic program will be answered by subject tutors and the Registrar’s Office.

Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf Fischerstraße 110, 40476 Düsseldorf

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