Specialise in either Musicology or Composition by selecting from a wide range of modules inside and outside the department. Ideal as a foundation for further research or composition at doctoral level or to build on existing skills.
- Intensively taught programme covering a wide range of specialised topics.
- Provides a foundation for further research focusing on current approaches and advanced techniques.
- Musicology students choose from historical and theoretical modules taught by distinguished staff in Music and, if they wish, from modules in other Arts and Humanities departments.
- Composition students benefit from one-to-one lessons and participation in composition seminars and have the opportunity to hear their works performed by resident ensemble Lontano.
- Located in the heart of London.
Further research in the department; further research (at doctoral level) in overseas (particularly USA) universities; teaching; media, arts, other related bodies.
Dr Andy Fry (musicology), Professor Silvina Milstein (composition)
King's College London
Credit value (UK/ECTS equivalent)
UK 180/ECTS 90
One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Year of entry 2013
School of Arts and Humanities
Department of Music
1 July 2013, though late applications may be considered if places available.
Please note that applicants wishing to apply for funding (e.g. AHRC) must submit their application by the relevant funding deadline, which is usually early in the year. Please see http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/index.aspx
for information on the available funding opportunities and deadlines.
No set number. Average 15 FT, 5 PT.
PT Home: £3950 (2013)
PT Overseas: £8125 (2013)
FT Home: £7900 (2013)
FT Overseas: £16250 (2013)
Postgraduate Officer, Centre for Arts & Sciences Admissions (CASA)
tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2765 / 2232 / 7232
fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
General admissions enquiries, Centre for Arts and Sciences Admissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Musicology pathway enquiries, Dr Andy Fryu: email@example.com
Composition pathway enquiries, Professor Silvina Milstein: firstname.lastname@example.org
For students intending to go on to research or composition at doctoral level, or wishing to build upon their existing skills. To provide training beyond undergraduate level in current techniques of music research and composition. To nurture leaders in musicology and composition.
You may specialise in Musicology (broadly defined) or Composition (please note, we do not offer Performance). Composers work closely with their teachers throughout, while musicologists benefit from seminars with leaders in the field. We encourage you to select modules according to your particular interests. A third may be from other Humanities departments.
Specialist modules cover current approaches to scholarly writing on music as well as advanced techniques of research and composition. You will submit an individually supervised special study (a dissertation or portfolio of compositions) at the end of the programme.
Core programme content
Indicative non-core content
- Issues in Historiography and Criticism (20 credits)
- 21st Century Bach (20 credits)
- Theories of Modernism and the Avant-Garde (20 credits)
- Readings in the New Eighteenth Century (20 credits)
- Advanced Studies in Music Analysis and Criticism: Beethoven's Late Works (20 credits)
- Music in Nineteenth Century London (20 credits)
- Issues in Biography and Criticism (20 credits)
- Music and Empire: India and the Indian Ocean (20 credits)
- Post-Tonal Music and Composition Studies (20 credits)
- Introduction to Free Composition Studies (40 credits)
- Composing for Large Ensemble or Orchestra (40 credits)
- Special Study in Historical Musicology or Composition (60 credits).
See departmental website for full details;
FORMAT AND ASSESSMENT
Modules worth 120 credits, plus a special study (dissertation or portfolio) worth 60 credits.
ACADEMIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
General entry advice
First or high 2:1 undergraduate degree (or overseas equivalent) in Music. USA: Minimum 3.3 GPA overall, with higher result expected in Music. Applicants with equivalent qualifications or experience seriously considered.
Additional requirements according to chosen pathway, Musicology or Composition (please note, we do not offer Performance): please read carefully the instructions for your Personal Statement and Supporting Information on the next page.
APPLYING TO KING'S
To apply for graduate study at King's you will need to complete our graduate online application form. Applying online makes applying easier and quicker for you, and means we can receive your application faster and more securely.
King's does not normally accept paper copies of the graduate application form as applications must be made online. However, if you are unable to access the online graduate application form, please contact the relevant admissions/School Office at King's for advice.
Applications are normally considered within four to six weeks of receipt of references and written work. They are seen by at least two members of the teaching staff; candidates may be called for interview or (for overseas candidates) interviewed by phone or email.
PERSONAL STATEMENT & SUPPORTING INFORMATION
Please supply a personal statement, giving your reasons for applying and achievements to date. In the first sentence of your personal statement, please make clear which pathway you are applying for, Musicology or Composition.
Applications should be accompanied by a sample of appropriate and recent written work. Please note that there are different application procedures for Musicology and Composition pathways.
Applicants for the Musicology pathway should upload an undergraduate dissertation (if available) or two or three recent essays to the Admissions Portal. Your work should engage with the existing scholarly literature (so essays that are purely descriptive or technical are unlikely to be appropriate).
Applicants in Composition should send a portfolio of recent scores (in hard copy), accompanied by recordings of the works if available, by post to this address:
c/o Laura Brown
AHRC, Graduate School and School of Arts & Humanities scholarships and bursaries, self-funding.
I chose King’s for postgraduate study for its excellent reputation for studies in Musicology and its renowned teaching staff. The course is wide ranging in scope and provides opportunites to study all aspects of the subject intensively, from analysis to historiography and Baroque music to Contemporary. King’s place a distinct emphasis on independent and individual research, allowing each student the freedom to follow their own personal areas of interest when completing projects within each module of study.
The department staff are hugely supportive and there’s a really friendly atmosphere here. The weekly colloquia provide a great opportunity to encounter a broad range of visiting scholar’s musical research, as well as to make contact with all of the staff and get to know other students within the department. Needless to say, a huge bonus is the location of the Strand Campus right in the centre of London. All of the music venues, galleries and museums that the city has to offer are within easy reach, really enriching the experience of studying here.
When I was applying for postgraduate programmes I found it difficult to decide whether to continue my studies at music college or go to a university. I chose King's in the end because I felt that the wide-ranging expertise on offer and the variety within the course would be more suitable to me than another course of only composition. I wanted to make sure I left my postgraduate studies with a rounded skill set that will hopefully help me to forge a career afterwards!
As a composer at King's you take two modules with the musicologists, and I've found that my academic studies have fed into my composition and enhanced my work in ways I couldn't have predicted. There are three main composition tutors at King's - Silvina Milstein
, Rob Keeley
and George Benjamin
. I study with Silvina and my one-to-one lessons are easily the best and most beneficial part of the course.
At King's you're expected to write three assessed pieces over the year. There are workshops with resident ensemble Lontano in February who perform MMus pieces, and eager musicians around the department who are happy to play our music the rest of the time.
For me, one of the biggest reasons for choosing King's was the opportunity to be based in London. London is the centre of all musical happenings in the UK, and there are so many concerts and events going on that being here is never dull. I'm trying to take advantage of everything that I can whilst I'm living in this exciting and vibrant city, and hoping that it will all help me to find something I love to do when I graduate!
You can find out more about being a student in the Department of Music by reading Becky's blog
King's MMus has definitely offered me high-quality teaching in a variety of subjects and the chance to develop my own ideas and research skills under the supervision of an expert in the field. To add to my great experience of the MMus, the university's location is only minutes away from many of the country's best classical music and opera venues - a music student could hardly ask for more!