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This course offers you the opportunity to specialise in either Composition or Musicology & Ethnomusicology and is taught in the heart of London with access to major arts centres. It covers a wide range of subjects: the Composition pathway enables you to work closely with your lecturers to study a variety of musical genres and styles and if you choose Musicology, you will benefit from seminars with leaders in the field covering the evolution of different musical forms and their role in and expression of the cultures in which they developed.
You can specialise in either Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology by selecting from a wide range of modulesacross Arts and Humanities.
Intensively taught programme covering a wide range of specialised topics.
Provides a foundation for further research focusing on current approaches and advanced techniques.
Musicology and Ethnomusicology students choose from historical, sociocultural and theoretical modules taught by distinguished staff (including two fellows of the British Academy).
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.
Option to take modules in other Arts and Humanities departments at King's, or at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).
Located in the heart of London's music scene, with two major opera companies (Royal Opera Covent Garden and English National Opera) and two major arts centres (South Bank Centre—location of the Royal Festival Hall—and Barbican) within short walking distance.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September.
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake No set number. Average 15 FT, 5 PT.
Course leaders Professor Martin Stokes (Musicology and Ethnomusicology), Professor Silvina Milstein (Composition)
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 7000 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of Music
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or international equivalent) in Music or a related discipline is usually required. However applicants with equivalent qualifications or experience will be seriously considered.
Additional requirements for "Musicology" or "Composition" pathways (please note, we do not offer Performance): please read carefully the instructions for your Personal Statement and Supporting Information on the next page ('Applying, Fees & Funding')
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies. 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 Skype.
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 Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology.
Applications should be accompanied by a sample of appropriate and recent written work. Please note that there are different application procedures for Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology 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:
MMus. Applications c/o MMus Programme Administrator Music Department King’s College London Strand London WC2R 2LS UK Applicants for the Musicology and Ethnomusicology 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).
Please note that all applications are handled in the first instance by the Admissions Office. With the single exception of composers’ scores, which must be sent in hard copy, all documentation should be scanned and uploaded to your application, NOT sent to the address above. In case of any problems, please contact the admissions office.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
On this course you may specialise in either Composition or Musicology & Ethnomusicology. (We do not offer a Performance pathway). If you follow the Composition pathway, you will work closely with your teachers and study a variety of musical genres and styles. If you choose Musicology, you will benefit from seminars with leaders in the field covering the evolution of different musical forms and their role in and expression of the cultures in which they developed. We encourage you to choose modules that reflect your particular interests, and up to a third of your choices may be from other Arts & Humanities departments, meaning you can build a broad and truly individual stay pathway.
Our specialist modules will teach you current approaches to academic writing on music as well as advanced techniques for research and composition. At the end of your programme, you will submit a piece of special study – either a dissertation or a substantial work of 8-15 minutes in duration (the composition must be notated in a conventional manner) – for which we will give you one-to-one supervision.
Our aim is to nurture leaders in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition. If you intend go on to research or composition at doctoral level, or if you want to build on your existing skills, this programme will be ideal for you.
If you are studying the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, we will give you six hours of teaching each week (if you are a part-time student, this is two to four in your first year, and one to two in your second) through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 24 hours (12 hours for part-time) of self-study.
If you are studying the Composition Pathway, we will give you four hours of teaching each week (one to two hours if you are a part-time student) through lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of self-study (13 hours for part-time).
We will assess you entirely through coursework. If you are studying the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, you will write a 12,000-word dissertation or critical edition. If you are studying the Composition Pathway, you will compose a substantial work lasting 8-15 minutes.
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
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, ethnomusicology and composition.
Modules worth 120 credits, plus a special study (dissertation or portfolio) worth 60 credits.
Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway
We regularly review our modules to make sure our programmes are as up-to-date, innovative and relevant as possible. The modules we offer may therefore change. We suggest that you check the course finder for updates: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/index.aspx
Choose between three and six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range that typically includes:
Our graduates have gone on to further research in the Department or (at doctoral level) elsewhere in the UK or overseas (particularly the USA). Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they develop to careers in teaching, media, arts and other related bodies.
I chose King’s for postgraduate study for its excellent reputation for studies in Musicology. 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.
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.
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.
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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