12 months
24660 GBP/year
11040 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Music course at King's College London 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 College London.

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.

Career prospects

Our graduates have gone on to further research at the doctoral level in the Department or elsewhere in the UK or overseas (particularly the USA). Others have transferred the skills and knowledge they develop to careers in teaching, media, arts administration and other fields.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. In the first sentence of your personal statement, please make clear which pathway you are applying for Composition or Musicology and Ethnomusicology. 
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. 
  • One academic reference is required. A professional reference will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago. In some cases, we may request an additional reference from you.
  • Applicants may wish to include a CV (Resume) or evidence of professional registration as part of their application.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24660 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24660 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    11040 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11040 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time:

  • National: £5,520 per year
  • International: £12,330 per year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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