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Overview

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. 


Key benefits

  • 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.


Key information

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

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

General 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') 

Application procedure

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.

Personal statement and 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 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.

Application closing date

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.

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Course detail

Description

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.

Teaching Style

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).

Assessment

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.

Regulating body

King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

Course purpose

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.

Further literature

https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/enquiry-form.aspx

Course format and assessment

Modules worth 120 credits, plus a special study (dissertation or portfolio) worth 60 credits.

Structure

  • Required Modules

    Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway

    • Special Study in Musicology or Ethnomusicology (60 credits)
      A dissertation or critical edition of 12,000 words (c. 8,000 words in the case of critical editions or transcription projects)

    Composition Pathway

    • Special Study in Composition (60 credits)
      • The following is a list of suggested suitable projects:
      • A work for small orchestra or large instrumental ensemble
      • A choral work
      • A string quartet
      • A piano sonata or set of variations
      • A song cycle

    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

    Optional Modules

    Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway

    Choose between three and six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range that typically includes:

    • Issues in Historiography and Criticism (20 credits)
    • Performance, Gesture and Meaning (20 credits)
    • Readings in the New Eighteenth Century (20 credits)
    • Medieval Music from the Sources (20 credits)
    • History in Ethnomusicology (20 credits)
    • Music in Nineteenth-Century London (20 credits)
    • Issues in Biography and Criticism (20 credits)
    • Issues and Topics in Jazz (20 credits)
    • Ethnographic Writing  (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)
    • Up to 40 credits from master’s modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities
    • Up to 30 credits from master’s modules offered by the MMus programmes at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

    Composition Pathway

    Choose between three and six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range that typically includes:

    • Issues in Historiography and Criticism (20 credits)
    • Performance, Gesture and Meaning (20 credits)
    • Readings in the New Eighteenth Century (20 credits)
    • Medieval Music from the Sources (20 credits)
    • History in Ethnomusicology (20 credits)
    • Music in Nineteenth-Century London (20 credits)
    • Issues in Biography and Criticism (20 credits)
    • Issues and Topics in Jazz (20 credits)
    • Ethnographic Writing (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)
    • Up to 40 credits from master’s modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities.
    • Up to 30 credits from master’s modules offered by the MMus programmes at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

    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

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Career prospects

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.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

£9,450 p.a. (2017/18)*

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

£18,420 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

£4,725 p.a. (2017/18)*

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

£9,210 p.a. (2017/18)*

*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. 

Deposit

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. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

 Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

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