King's College London, University of London

Music King's College London, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: King’s College London


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With a huge range of options covering all musical periods, genres, and countries, studying Music at King’s enables you to immerse yourself in the world of sound, stretching across the centuries and around the globe. Today, music is the most global cultural expressions, and we pride ourselves not only on the range and diversity of the modules we offer, but also on the diversity of the approaches we employ, including compositional creativity, close reading of scores, aural training, contemporary critical theory and historical scholarship, ethnographic and scientific studies. There is plenty of opportunity at King’s or the Royal Academy of Music to participate in concerts and chamber music groups and to receive first-rate coaching. You will have the opportunity to play a leading part in the College Orchestra and to sing in the Departmental choir. Recitals take place throughout the year. A particular strength of the Department is that we offer you individual lessons at the Royal Academy of Music. In your first year you will study with an Academy postgraduate student. Depending on your performance level, you may be able to subsequently change to an Academy professor.


We think it is incredibly important that you receive close personal attention. We teach some modules, such as Music History, through lectures and seminars or tutorials. Others we teach largely as seminars, with students making presentations followed by group discussion. We teach a few modules through small tutorial groups of four or five. For lessons in Advanced Composition and in Performance you will be taught one-to-one. Our Department has an international reputation for its excellence in teaching and research and our staff aim to connect research and teaching, both in the classroom and at the many research seminars held in the Department..


You are assessed through a variety of methods according to the subject matter and the level. These may include essays, examinations, portfolios, in-class assessments, recitals, dissertations or other forms of musical analysis.

London is a city of music. We are fortunate to be located in a beautiful building overlooking the River Thames at the heart of its arts district. You will have easy access to London’s endless live music offerings at the South Bank arts complex, at the Barbican Centre, at London opera houses and the innumerable music clubs and concert venues. Within 20 minutes’ walk of the Music Department are the West End Theatres, Cinemas and Art Galleries. The Maughan Library with its extensive music holdings will be at your disposal as well as the Senate House Library of the University of London.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code W302
Institution code K60
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Students studying only two A levels:
We are aware that some students at specialist musical schools and conservatoires are only able to study two A levels alongside their performance training. In such circumstances we may be able to consider a student for entry to the BMus programme, following an academic interview with our Admissions Tutor. We would recommend any student considering applying with this academic profile to contact the Admissions Office in advance of submitting their application to discuss their potential suitability for the programme.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Please see our online prospectus for further details on our BTEC entry requirements.
Access to HE Diploma D: 33 credits
M: 12 credits
P: 0 credits
Either: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject) including study of Music at Level 3. Supplementary information and achievement, e.g. marks for certain credits/subjects, may be required depending on course content.

Or: Access to Humanities Diploma (or similar subject), in addition to a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examination or similar).
Scottish Higher AAB Must be combined with two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M2 Please note that Global Perspectives is not accepted by King’s as one of your Pre-U Principal subjects. Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) will be considered. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points including 6,6,5 at Higher Level with either HL in Music or a Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar). Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H1, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Not accepted
Scottish Advanced Higher AB Must be combined with three Scottish Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject. Must include Music, or Grade 6 Pass in Music Theory (e.g. through ABRSM examinations or similar).

Required subjects: Music
Preferred subjects: English, History or Geography

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
Cambridge English Proficiency 185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skill
IELTS (Academic) 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skill
Institution's Own Test Pass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7
PTE Academic 69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skill
TOEFL (iBT) 100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skills
Trinity ISE Level III (ISEIII) with merit in each skill

We also accept the English Language component of a number of International and European qualifications as meeting our English Language requirements. These can include GCSE English, the International Baccalaureate, the Abitur or the French Baccalaureat. For more details, please see our website. Please note that the course requirements are under Band B.

Band B

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

For International fees, please visit our tuition fee pages for more information: All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 (this will be £5,000 for Medical and Dental programmes) against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

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