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Music MMus

Course Description

Specialise in either Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology by selecting from a wide range of modules inside and outside the department. Ideal as a foundation for further research or composition at doctoral level or to build on existing skills.

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 select modules according to your particular interests. A third may be from other Arts and Humanities departments.

Specialist modules cover current approaches to scholarly writing on music as well as advanced techniques of research and composition. You will submit an individually supervised special study (a dissertation or portfolio of compositions) at the end of the programme.

- Course purpose -

For students intending to go on to research or composition at doctoral level, or wishing to build upon their existing skills. To provide training beyond undergraduate level in current techniques of music research and composition. To nurture leaders in musicology, ethnomusicology and composition.

- Course format and assessment -

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

Student Destinations:

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 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World 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

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