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Music, M.A.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #591 (QS) ,
The Music course at Kingston University aims to develop a range of musical and critical skills and knowledge; encourage initiative, creativity, critical evaluation and independence of thought; develop a systematic understanding of relevant musical knowledge and a critical awareness of contemporary issues; and provide knowledge of research practices.

About

Key features

  • You'll have access to our unique facilities which include recording studios, rehearsal rooms, a synthesis/sampling lab - and the analogue/digital hybrid Visconti Studio which comprises an octagonal live room stocked with rare and vintage recording equipment.
  • You will have the chance to attend masterclasses and workshops run by national and international performers and composers, such as Judith Weir, Howard Skempton, Stephen Coombs, Jane Manning, Steve Goss, Arditti String Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough, Kate Ryder and Kathron Sturrock.
  • Through choosing from an extensive list of modules, you will develop broad musical knowledge and practical skills to equip you for a wide range of careers.

What will you study?

The core modules concentrate on research methods and colloquia, and will introduce you to a broad range of issues in music. Subjects are based in music education, performance, composing for media, and music production.

The Music course at Kingston University offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of your own choice and specialise through written work or composition. You can choose from a wide range of possible topics relating to your own interests. In addition, you can join any of the variety of University ensembles or form your own ensemble.

Skills for the future

A high proportion of Music MA students obtain employment on graduation – either in the music profession itself, in related areas or in teaching – or enrol for further study (eg PGCE, MPhil or PhD). For those students who are already in employment and undertake the course part-time, the award may accelerate promotion and open up new opportunities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Production of Popular Music
  • Composing and Marketing Popular Music
  • Constructing Music Education in the UK
  • Critical Reflection on Musical Performance
  • International Music Education: Psychology, Culture and Philosophy
  • Special Study: Arranging and Scoring
  • Techniques and Technology for Composing for Film and Television

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Please note: there is no official deadline for applications, but we recommend that you apply by June for September entry and by October for January entry.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class
Recommended score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Upper Second Class or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A good honours degree in music from either the UK or abroad (this may be in a specialist field such as popular music, music education or music technology). Typical entry qualifications are an honours degree in music at 2.2 or above (2.1 preferred).
  • We may ask applicants to submit an essay as evidence of strength in written work, and applicants who wish to specialise in composition in the Major Project must submit a folio of three contrasting compositions.
  • Where an applicant can produce evidence of relevant experiential learning (eg work as a professional performer or composer), it may be possible to consider a good honours degree in a subject other than music

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
Home and European Union
  • MA part time £3,300
Overseas
  • MA part time £7,975

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 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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