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Music MMus

Course Description

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.

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.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/music-mmus.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

You may specialise in Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology (please note, we do not offer Performance). Composers work closely with their teachers throughout, while musicologists benefit from seminars with leaders in the field. 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.

- Course purpose -

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.

- Course format and assessment -

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

Career Prospects:

Further research in the department; further research (at doctoral level) in UK or overseas (particularly USA); teaching; media, arts, other related bodies.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 21 universities worldwide (2016/17 QS World University Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Music MMus page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)


1996.jpg When I was applying for postgraduate programmes I found it difficult to decide whether to continue my studies at music college or go to a university. I chose King's in the end because I felt that the wide-ranging expertise on offer and the variety within the course would be more suitable to me than another course of only composition. I wanted to make sure I left my postgraduate studies with a rounded skill set that will hopefully help me to forge a career afterwards!

As a composer at King's you take two modules with the musicologists, and I've found that my academic studies have fed into my composition and enhanced my work in ways I couldn't have predicted. There are three main composition tutors at King's - Silvina Milstein, Rob Keeley and George Benjamin. I study with Silvina and my one-to-one lessons are easily the best and most beneficial part of the course.

At King's you're expected to write three assessed pieces over the year. There are workshops with resident ensemble Lontano in February who perform MMus pieces, and eager musicians around the department who are happy to play our music the rest of the time.

For me, one of the biggest reasons for choosing King's was the opportunity to be based in London. London is the centre of all musical happenings in the UK, and there are so many concerts and events going on that being here is never dull. I'm trying to take advantage of everything that I can whilst I'm living in this exciting and vibrant city, and hoping that it will all help me to find something I love to do when I graduate!


Entry 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. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

Course Fees

(2017/18) Full time: UK/EU: £9,450. Overseas: £18,420. Part time: UK/EU: £4,725. Overseas: £9,210

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