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.
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 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.
If you are studying the Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway,
we will give you sixhours 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 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).
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.
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.
The course is primarily taught on the King’s College London Strand Campus. Our location in the heart of London gives you easy access to a huge variety of cultural and musical opportunities, such as the 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) which are within walking distance.
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.