Music, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    13300
    Tuition (Year)
    5600
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language
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If you have a broad range of musical interests and would prefer not to specialise your studies, this course is ideal. It 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, enabling you to undertake a substantial individual dissertation or composition project.

About

Key features
  • 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, Steve Martland, Arditti String Quartet, Brian Ferneyhough, Kate Ryder and Kathron Sturrock.
  • Lunchtime concerts, involving students or visiting artists, take place throughout the year.
  • Facilities include a large rehearsal and performance space with supporting recording equipment, an extensive collection of musical instruments and a fully networked IT environment.
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. You can then choose from an extensive list of modules, which include those based in performance, composing, music education and popular music.

The major project 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.

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.

The nature of the Music MA at Kingston – combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills across a broad musical curriculum – equips graduates for a wide range of careers, including:

  • music and arts administration;
  • the music business;
  • school, higher education and instrumental teaching;
  • outreach work and educational workshops;
  • music composition and arranging;
  • professional performance and conducting; and
  • music publishing.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Major Project
  • Researching Music
  • British Cinema 1960s to Today
  • 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
  • Current Debates in Music Education
  • Jazz Studies
  • Live Performance
  • The Psychology of Music
  • The Studio Musician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B): 193

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:
  • 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 or advanced study in a conservatoire (which has not led to a degree) in lieu of a music degree.

Prior learning - AP(E)L

Applicants with prior qualifications and learning may be exempt from appropriate parts of a course in accordance with the University's policy for the assessment of prior learning and prior experiential learning.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Student Visa

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Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13300 International
  • GBP 5600 EU/EEA

Funding

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