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This course offers you the opportunity to consolidate and expand your knowledge of music in a world-leading university. In our Musicology & Ethnomusicology pathway, you can explore a wide range of music and approaches, while learning advanced skills in writing and research. Our Composition pathway allows you to both develop your compositional skills and explore other areas of music studies. You can also select from a wide range of modules across Arts & Humanities at King's. Our location in the heart of London means you have access to major arts and research centres.

Key benefits

  • Department of Music – jointly ranked 4th in the UK with Film (REF 2021). 100% per cent of the research impact and research environment was rated either ‘world leading’ (4*) or ‘internationally excellent’ (3*).
  • Intensively taught course covering a wide range of specialised topics.
  • Provides a foundation for further research focusing on current approaches and advanced techniques.
  • Musicology & Ethnomusicology students choose from historical, sociocultural and theoretical modules taught by distinguished staff.
  • 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 & 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 walking distance.

On this course you may specialise in either Composition or Musicology & Ethnomusicology. (Please note, we do not offer a Performance pathway.) We encourage you to choose modules that reflect your particular interests, and up to a third of your optional module choices may be from other Arts & Humanities departments, meaning you can build a broad and truly individual study pathway.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

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 course, you will submit a special study – either a dissertation or a substantial work of 8-15 minutes in duration (for composers) – for which we will give you one-to-one supervision.

Our aim is to nurture leaders in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition. If you intend to go on to research or composition at doctoral level, or if you want to build on your existing skills, this course will be ideal for you.

Teaching

If you are studying the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, we will give you six to eight hours of teaching each week (if you are a part-time student, this is three to four hours) through 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 seminars and one-to-one teaching, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of self-study (13 hours for part-time).

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Assessments are typically submitted electronically and assessed within our web-based teaching platform.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include coursework essays, class presentations, or for Composition Pathway, musical works. Coursework contributes approximately 90% to your final mark and examinations approximately 10%.

    Structure

    Required modules

    Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

    Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, required modules:

    Composition Pathway, required modules:

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range that may typically include:

    Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway (optional modules)

    Composition Pathway (optional modules) Including any of the postgraduate musicology and ethnomusicology modules, such as those listed above.

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Our graduates have gone on to further research at the doctoral level in the Department or elsewhere in the UK or overseas (particularly the USA). Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they develop to careers in teaching, media, arts administration and other fields.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    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 deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • books if you choose to buy your own copies
    • society membership fees
    • personal computer and other equipment
    • concert admission fees at London venues outside of the university
    • travel costs for travel around London and to/from your permanent home
    • graduation costs

    Funding

    On this course you may specialise in either Composition or Musicology & Ethnomusicology. (Please note, we do not offer a Performance pathway.) We encourage you to choose modules that reflect your particular interests, and up to a third of your optional module choices may be from other Arts & Humanities departments, meaning you can build a broad and truly individual study pathway.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    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 course, you will submit a special study – either a dissertation or a substantial work of 8-15 minutes in duration (for composers) – for which we will give you one-to-one supervision.

    Our aim is to nurture leaders in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition. If you intend to go on to research or composition at doctoral level, or if you want to build on your existing skills, this course will be ideal for you.

    Teaching

    If you are studying the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, we will give you six to eight hours of teaching each week (if you are a part-time student, this is three to four hours) through 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 seminars and one-to-one teaching, and we will expect you to undertake 26 hours of self-study (13 hours for part-time).

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Assessments are typically submitted electronically and assessed within our web-based teaching platform.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include coursework essays, class presentations, or for Composition Pathway, musical works. Coursework contributes approximately 90% to your final mark and examinations approximately 10%.

      Structure

      Required modules

      Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

      Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway, required modules:

      Composition Pathway, required modules:

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take 120 credits from a range that may typically include:

      Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway (optional modules)

      Composition Pathway (optional modules) Including any of the postgraduate musicology and ethnomusicology modules, such as those listed above.

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Our graduates have gone on to further research at the doctoral level in the Department or elsewhere in the UK or overseas (particularly the USA). Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they develop to careers in teaching, media, arts administration and other fields.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      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 deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

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

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • books if you choose to buy your own copies
      • society membership fees
      • personal computer and other equipment
      • concert admission fees at London venues outside of the university
      • travel costs for travel around London and to/from your permanent home
      • graduation costs

      Funding

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