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Music BMus

UCAS code: W302

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

Studying music at King’s enables you to immerse yourself in the world of sound, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. Today, music is an intricately global cultural expression, 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, historical scholarship and ethnographic studies. There is plenty of opportunity at King’s to participate in concerts and chamber music groups. You may audition for the KCL Symphony Orchestra (KCLSO), participate in various other student-led ensembles such as the Jazz Society Big Band or the Modern Music Society, or sing in the Chapel Choir. Our students often gain leadership experience in these performance groups. Concerts take place throughout the year. You are eligible to take performance modules as long as you have ABRSM Grade 8 in your chosen instrument or voice. Individual performance tuition is provided with a teacher from the Royal Academy of Music.

Key benefits

  • One of the most versatile and lively music departments in the UK.
  • Strong links with the Royal Academy of Music, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Hong Kong.
  • This degree offers you the opportunity to choose the types of modules that suit your interests.
  • Central location offers access to London's rich music scene, alongside many libraries and cultural institutes.
  • Be part of an international group of students.
  • Choral and organ scholarships are available.
  • Students interested in performance will benefit from our partnership with the Royal Academy of Music, while those interested in composition will enjoy our expert teaching and access to London's rich contemporary music scene.
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On the Music BMus you will learn about so many topics, disciplines and musics you didn't even know existed.

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Course Aims

  • Studying Music at King’s enables you to immerse yourself in the world of sound, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. Today, music is the most global cultural expression, 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, historical scholarship and ethnographic studies.
  • There is plenty of opportunity at King’s to participate in concerts and chamber music groups. 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.
  • We offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music, if you have ABRSM Grade 8 in your instrument of study. 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.

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.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Music
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Including Music, or AAB at A-Level in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Students studying only two A levels: We are aware that some students at specialist musical schools and conservatoires are only able to study two A levels alongside their performance training. In such circumstances we may be able to consider a student for entry to the BMus programme, following an academic interview with our Admissions Tutor. We would recommend any student considering applying with this academic profile to contact the Admissions Office in advance of submitting their application to discuss their potential suitability for the programme.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including either HL 665 with HL Music, or HL 665 in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

 

Practical Requirements

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 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered?

Yes

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 who may offer a non-standard academic profile, or whose recent personal circumstances may have adversely affected their predictions.

Are all those made an offer interviewed?

No. The majority of decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS application form.

What form does the interview take?

Interviews will be with two members of the Music Department academic staff, one of whom will normally be the department Admissions Tutor. Interviews will be conducted on site, and in exceptional circumstances via Skype.

What is considered at interview?

The interview will focus on academic skills and interests. Interviewees will not be required to play an instrument or sing at interview.

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We think it is incredibly important that you receive close personal attention. We teach most modules through a mix of lectures and seminars or 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Portfolios
  • In-Class Assessments
  • Recitals
  • Dissertation
  • Other Forms of Musical Analysis

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, recitals, lecture recitals, portfolios, listening tests and written examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 65% and examinations approximately 35% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

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 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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A freelance editor for Lexis Nexis
  • A house manager for a concert hall trust
  • International production operations coordinator for a music company.
  • marketing assistant intern at London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Mathematics and music tutor for a tuition company
  • A freelance musician

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

Additional Costs

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

  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • • Library fees and fines
  • • Stationary and personal photocopies
  • • Printing course handouts
  • • Society membership fees
  • • Stationery
  • • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • • Purchase/rental, maintenance and insurance of personal instruments
  • • Equipment and music (as required by tutors)
  • • Accompanists' fees (if required)
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying).   Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows:   •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.   •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.   • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Course Aims

  • Studying Music at King’s enables you to immerse yourself in the world of sound, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. Today, music is the most global cultural expression, 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, historical scholarship and ethnographic studies.
  • There is plenty of opportunity at King’s to participate in concerts and chamber music groups. 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.
  • We offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music, if you have ABRSM Grade 8 in your instrument of study. 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.

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.

Please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the modules you study.

Special features

Optional study abroad

On this programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for either a single semester or a full year abroad supported by the Study Abroad Tutor in your department and King’s Global Mobility Office. Together with partner organisations around the world, you will be supported in navigating your international, educational journey, developing new skills and competences and learning to apply different perspectives to your chosen discipline.

Find out more about Study Abroad
Optional internships

Students will be supported through innovative digital education tools to discover meaningful work experience for themselves, including internships, insight programmes, which you can undertake alongside your studies.

Find out more about internships

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
Music
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Including Music, or AAB at A-Level in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Students studying only two A levels: We are aware that some students at specialist musical schools and conservatoires are only able to study two A levels alongside their performance training. In such circumstances we may be able to consider a student for entry to the BMus programme, following an academic interview with our Admissions Tutor. We would recommend any student considering applying with this academic profile to contact the Admissions Office in advance of submitting their application to discuss their potential suitability for the programme.

International Baccalaureate

35 points

Including either HL 665 with HL Music, or HL 665 in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

You will also need:

GCSEs: There are no GCSE requirements for this programme.

 

Practical Requirements

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 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.

Alternative accepted qualifications

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

To study at King's, it is essential that you can communicate in English effectively in an academic environment. You are usually required to provide certification of your competence in English before starting your studies.

Selection process

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.

Interviewing

Are interviews offered?

Yes

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 who may offer a non-standard academic profile, or whose recent personal circumstances may have adversely affected their predictions.

Are all those made an offer interviewed?

No. The majority of decisions are made on the basis of information provided on the UCAS application form.

What form does the interview take?

Interviews will be with two members of the Music Department academic staff, one of whom will normally be the department Admissions Tutor. Interviews will be conducted on site, and in exceptional circumstances via Skype.

What is considered at interview?

The interview will focus on academic skills and interests. Interviewees will not be required to play an instrument or sing at interview.

Application deadline: January 15th 2021

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

We think it is incredibly important that you receive close personal attention. We teach most modules through a mix of lectures and seminars or 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.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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Assessment

  • Essays
  • Examinations
  • Portfolios
  • In-Class Assessments
  • Recitals
  • Dissertation
  • Other Forms of Musical Analysis

Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework and written/practical examinations. Forms of assessment may typically include essays, recitals, lecture recitals, portfolios, listening tests and written examinations. Coursework contributes approximately 65% and examinations approximately 35% to your final mark.

The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect. However, they are subject to change.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

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 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.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • A freelance editor for Lexis Nexis
  • A house manager for a concert hall trust
  • International production operations coordinator for a music company.
  • marketing assistant intern at London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Mathematics and music tutor for a tuition company
  • A freelance musician

Tuition Fees

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Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2021-2022 academic year is £28,050 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, 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.

Additional Costs

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

  • In addition to the costs above, you can also expect to pay for:
  • • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • • Library fees and fines
  • • Stationary and personal photocopies
  • • Printing course handouts
  • • Society membership fees
  • • Stationery
  • • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses
  • • Purchase/rental, maintenance and insurance of personal instruments
  • • Equipment and music (as required by tutors)
  • • Accompanists' fees (if required)
  • For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying).   Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities. King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. At present these are as follows:   •Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,167 for King’s tuition fees for the year.   •Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.   • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.  

Funding

To find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans, and other financial help available at King's please visit the Fees and Funding section.

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Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Required A-level:
Application status:
Open
Start date:
September 2021
Application deadline:
15 January 2021
Apply via UCAS

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