M.A. Music

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP13300 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP5600 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
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.


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.

Detailed Course Facts

Start dates and application deadlines

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Tuition fee
  • GBP13300 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP5600 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

Course Content

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

English Language Requirements

CAE score
193(Grade B)

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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.

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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