• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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You will be able to study composition at one of the best performing arts universities of the world. You will gain the competence to work in expert roles requiring a profound knowledge of music. 

Composition studies, harmony and voice leading, music analysis and instrumentation are at the core of the programme. As a bachelor’s student, you will complete instrument studies and learn about aural skills, music history and electroacoustic music. 


The Composition programme at the University of the Arts Helsinki prepares you to engage in discussion within the music community and in society at large. 

Graduates of the programme have diverse career opportunities, and besides working as a composer, common career paths include becoming a teacher, musician and writer, for example. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Composition
  • Composition performance practicum
  • Text and poetry analysis practicum
  • Supplementary composition course
  • Microtonality

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Applicants who are applying to study either composition or music theory as a major subject are evaluated in different admission groups. You can apply for both major subjects during the same year. 
  • The programme will require you to have higher preparedness in music theory and aural skills in comparison to other programmes at the Sibelius Academy as well as knowledge of western music. 
  • Applicants who are pursuing composition as a major are also expected to have creative musical skills.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5000 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Helsinki

  • 975 - 1590 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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