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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.
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Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in Music or a related discipline is usually required. However applicants with equivalent qualifications or experience will be seriously considered.
In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.
King's College London is home to over 11,700 postgraduate students and attracts some of the best academic minds in the world. King’s is ranked a top 10 university in the world by the 2020 QS World University Rankings and we are recognised for the global influence of our research and innovation.Read more
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!
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