Location
United Kingdom
Dates
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Accreditation
Yes (Details)
Language
English
Course Fee
$27,769

Course Overview

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.

Key benefits:

  • Intensively taught course covering a wide range of specialised topics.
  • Provides a foundation for further research focusing on current approaches and advanced techniques.
  • Musicology & Ethnomusicology students choose from historical, sociocultural and theoretical modules taught by distinguished staff.
  • 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 & 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 walking distance.

Who should take this course

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.

Accreditation

Mmus

Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

Required Modules:

Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway

You are required to take:

  • Special Study in Musicology or Ethnomusicology (60 credits): a dissertation or critical edition of 12,000 words (c. 8,000 words in the case of critical editions or transcription projects)
  • Composition Pathway

You are required to take:

Special Study in Composition (60 credits): a substantial work of 8-15 minutes in duration. The composition must be notated in a conventional manner.

The following is a list of suggested suitable projects:

  • A work for small orchestra or large instrumental ensemble
  • A choral work
  • A string quartet
  • A piano sonata or set of variations
  • A song cycle

Optional Modules:

Musicology & Ethnomusicology Pathway:

In addition, you are required to take six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range that may typically include:

  • Issues in Historiography & Criticism (20 credits)
  • Readings in the New Eighteenth Century (20 credits)
  • Medieval Music from the Sources (20 credits)
  • Ethnomusicology: Regional Studies (20 credits)
  • History in Ethnomusicology (20 credits)
  • Mozart: Biography & Criticism (20 credits)
  • Issues & Topics in Jazz (20 credits)
  • Modernism and Sentimentality (20 credits)
  • Ethnographic Writing (20 credits)
  • Post-Tonal Music and Compositional Theory (20 credits)
  • Puccini and the Twentieth Century (20 credits)

You are also free to choose up to 40 of your 180 credits from Master's modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or from MMus modules (excluding performance and composition) offered by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

Composition Pathway:

In addition, you are required to take between three and six modules (totalling 120 credits) from a range that may typically include:

  • Post-Tonal Music & Compositional Theory (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Free Composition Studies (40 credits)
  • Composing for Large Ensemble or Orchestra (40 credits)
  • Issues & Topics in Jazz (20 credits)
  • Issues in Historiography & Criticism (20 credits)
  • Modernism & Sentimentality (20 credits)
  • Ethnomusicology: Regional Studies (20 credits)

You are also free to choose up to 40 of your 180 credits from Master's modules offered across the Faculty of Arts & Humanities or from MMus modules (excluding performance and composition) offered by the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant courses of study.

Fees:

  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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