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Postgraduate Research

Postgraduate Research

Since its foundation, the Music Department at King's has been internationally recognised as one of the outstanding research departments in the UK. Holders of King's PhD degree are to be found at the top of the musical profession around the world, and include many well-known composers, conductors, musicologists and teachers.

Research is central to the Department's activities. We have one of the highest numbers of graduates in the country and hold a weekly series of public colloquia where international scholars present their latest research, composers discuss their works, and our graduates report on work in progress. King’s also hosts a number of large international research projects.

In addition to PhD programmes in Musicology (thesis of max 100,000 words) and in Composition (portfolio with technical commentary), we offer an innovative Performance-Research programme in which performance materials (e.g. concerts, recordings) combine with a 50,000-word thesis to explore a significant and clearly-defined research question.

Graduates may be considered (at the end of their first year) for departmental Teaching Assistantships, thus gaining valuable teaching experience.

For the range of subjects currently under supervision in the Department, please consult staff profiles. Prospective students are welcome to contact any member of staff whose field of research interests them. 

Alternatively, Musicology and Ethnomusicology applicants may discuss their plans with the PhD Coordinator Michael Fend or the Ethnomusicology Coordinator Martin Stokes. Composers are encouraged in the first instance to contact Professor Silvina Milstein who coordinates the Composition programme.
For administrative enquiries, please contact the Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (

There are now 3 points of entry available: September, January and April.


AHRC studentships are available for MPhil/PhD applicants in Music as part of the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). LAHP will offer a wide range of training and skills development opportunities and activities, some in partnership with major London cultural and business partners. For further information visit the LAHP website. King's also offers a number of international studentships. For more information about funding opportunities, please contact

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