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Delivered in one of the musical capitals of the world this highly personalised degree leads to advanced work in six areas: history of western music, ethnomusicology, performance, free composition, study of recorded music and music psychology. Students interested in our performance pathway will benefit from our partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, while those interested in composition will enjoy our central location, which provides opportunities to explore London’s rich contemporary music scene.
UCAS code W302
Duration Three years
Study mode Full-time
Course type Single honours
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
General Studies and Critical Thinking - College policy: Please note that AS/A level General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted by King's as one of your A or AS levels. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.
A levels: Either AAB at A-Level including grade A in Music, or AAB at A-Level in addition to a Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
Access to HE Diploma: Either: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma including study of Music at Level 3 with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 Level 3 credits must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits awarded at Merit. Supplementary information and achievement, e.g marks for certain credits/subjects, may be required depending on course content.
Or: Access to Humanities (or similar) Diploma at Level 3 with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 Level 3 credits must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit, in addition to a Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examination or similar).
Cambridge Pre-U: Either 3 Pre-U principal subjects with grades D3 D3 M2 including grade D3 in Music, or 3 Pre-U principal subjects with grades D3 D3 M2 in addition to a Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010): Either DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010): Either DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including either grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010): Either D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including either grade A in Music or in addition to Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers: Either AAABB in Highers and AB at Advanced Higher including A in Advanced Higher Music, or AAABB in Highers and AB at Advanced Higher in addition to a Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
International Baccalaureate: Either 35 points and HL 665 including HL6 in Music, or 35 points and HL 665 in addition to a Grade 8 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
We value practical skills highly and offer many performance opportunities. Candidates wishing to pursue performance as a formal part of their studies and to receive individual tuition at the Royal Academy of Music will hold ABRSM Grade 8 in their main instrument by the time they arrive at King’s. Keyboard skills (at ABRSM Grade 5) will be an advantage, especially in Techniques, Analysis, Composition and Aural Training.
If ABRSM exams are not being taken, then we will consider equivalent qualifications. For example:
* Trinity College London Music Grade Exams
* London College of Music graded exams
* Similar graded music examinations from other countries
Graded exams are strongly preferred but if they are not available, we will consider a reference from the applicant’s Music Tutor commenting on their level of performance with reference to the ABRSM framework .
Musical and Academic: We look for applicants with an enthusiasm for reading, debating or writing which shows signs of an enquiring and critical attitude in the appreciation of cultural, scientific, and artistic issues. We welcome applicants who have participated in musical master-classes or summer schools, or have attended the junior departments of conservatoires or specialist music schools. We look for applicants who show potential and achievement as a performer, composer, or music thinker and can demonstrate an awareness of what the study of music at a university department involves. We want to attract applicants with some knowledge of foreign languages, evidence of acquaintance with some of the standard repertoire through study and/or performance, a good musical ear, and the ability to write about music and cultural issues.
We look for applicants who have participated as fully as possible in school, college or community life, e.g. membership of orchestras, choirs, musical ensembles, music clubs, giving instrumental tuition, and participation in theatrical productions, dance performances, visual art exhibitions, poetry readings, and festivals.
General: We are keen to attract applicants who have varied extra-curricular interests and enjoy active participation in areas such as sport, travelling, outdoor activities, crafts, and community work.
Are interviews offered?
Are all applicants interviewed?
No. We interview a select number of candidates whose qualifications and experience indicate that they are of borderline standard when considered alongside our standard requirements, or whose recent personal circumstances may have adversely affected their predictions.
Are all those made an offer interviewed?
No. The majority of admissions decisions are made on basis of information provided on UCAS application form. What form does it take? 20 minute interview with Admissions Tutor and one other member of staff.
What is considered at interview?
Communication skills in musical analysis, historical, compositional and performance issues, depending on the student’s interests and strengths. Enthusiasm for an interdisciplinary programme. Exploring aspects of interviewee’s UCAS application form, particularly the Personal Statement.
Application deadline: January 15 2017.
35 points overall with three Higher Level subjects at 665
45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit
D3 D3 M2
Further information below
Ranging from eleventh-century monastic culture to recent sound installations, from London to Paris, Vienna, Italy, the US, Turkey, India and Brazil, from Bach to the Beatles, from Jazz to Opera, from Musical Analysis to Advanced Performance and Free Composition, studying Music at King’s enables you to encounter the world of sound up close and as part of a network that stretches across the centuries and across the globe. Today, music is the most global of cultural expressions, and we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, including compositional creativity, close reading of scores, aural training, contemporary critical theory and historical scholarship, ethnographic and scientific studies.
Through first year required and optional modules, you will come to know and cherish music in all its fascinating form, and will receive a broad-based foundation for later study. In the second year you will choose the types of modules that suit your interest, and this can include modules from outside the department. In the third year you can continue to pursue a broadly based programme or choose to study two or three fields in-depth.
There is plenty of opportunity at King's or the Royal Academy of Music to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and to receive first-rate coaching. You will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the College Orchestra and to sing in the Departmental choir. Recitals take place throughout the year.
A particular strength of the Department is that we offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. In your first year you will study with an Academy postgraduate student. Depending on your performance level, you may be able to subsequently change to an Academy professor.
We think it is incredibly important that you receive close personal attention. We teach some modules, such as Music History, through lectures and seminars or tutorials. Others we teach largely as seminars, with students making presentations followed by group discussion. We teach a few modules through small tutorial groups of four or five. For lessons in Advanced Composition and in Performance you will be taught one-to-one. Our Department has an international reputation for its excellence in teaching and research and our staff aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many research seminars held in the Department.
You are assessed through a variety of methods according to the subject matter and the level. These may include essays, examinations, portfolios, in-class assessments, recitals, dissertations or other forms of musical analysis.
London is a city of music. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful building overlooking the River Thames at the heart of its arts district. You will have easy access to London’s endless live music offerings at the South Bank arts complex, at the Barbican Centre, at London opera houses and the innumerable music clubs and concert venues. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Music Department are the West End Theatres, Cinemas and Art Galleries. The Maughan Library with its extensive music holdings will be at your disposal as well as the Senate House Library of the University of London.
Currently, students study a choice of optional modules. King's reviews its options on a regular basis, in order to continue to offer innovative and exciting programmes and this list is therefore subject to change. Please check here for updates, or contact the Department website for further advice. Throughout the three years of the programme, there is also the opportunity for students to take modules at the Royal Academy of Music as well as a certain number of modules in other Departments and thus profit from the excellent academic resources offered at King's.
You have the opportunity to spend the second semester of your second year year studying abroad at one of our partner universities. Our current partner institutions include:
You take 60 credits of compulsory modules and 60 credits of optional modules.
Please note that if you look to take all modules from within Music you will need to study all the optional modules available in Year 1. Alternatively, you can take up to 30 credits of modules from other Arts & Humanities departments (subject to availability).
You take 120 credits of optional modules from the list.
There are no core modules.
You are also free to choose up to 30 of your 120 credits in modules offered by other departments.
Please note: there are prerequisites for all performance and composition modules.
You can take 120 credits from the modules list below as well as from second year modules not already taken (see list in Year 2).
In your third year you can continue to pursue a broad programme or study two or three fields in-depth. Choose 120 credits from a list of options which may include:
Our former students can be found in schools all over the country, in British and American universities and conservatoires, working at the BBC, in arts management and as composers and conductors with an international reputation.
Amongst our recent graduates there is a freelance editor for Lexis Nexis, a house manager for a concert hall trust, an international production operations co-ordinator for a music company, a marketing assistant intern at London symphony orchestra, mathematics and music tutor for a tuition company, a freelance musician and a secondary school teacher.
"The Music department provides a wide range of modules for students to choose on. It is a great opportunity as a music student here to have links to Royal Academy of Music where we get our vocal and instrumental lessons."
"I was also attracted at an open day by the obvious friendly and tight-knit feeling in the department; an impression which did not let me down when I became part of the department."
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Full time tuition fees UK:
The current tuition fee is set as £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the UK tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees EU:
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.
This means that the current tuition fee is £9,000 per year, a cap set by the UK Government. However, the Government is currently reviewing this policy, and you should be aware that the tuition fee for the 2017-2018 academic year may increase to £9,250. Depending on the decision reached by the UK Government, tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Full time tuition fees International:
£22,800 p.a. (2017/18). This tuition fee is subject to annual increases, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.
For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.
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