Research course


King's College London · Department of Music

Entry requirements

A Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours. A Master’s degree in Music or a related humanities or social science discipline is also normally required, but particularly strong candidates who do not hold a Master’s degree may be considered. Equivalent qualifications or experience may be considered in exceptional cases. Master's degrees in performance will usually only be considered suitable qualifications for the phd in performance research, but please contact the phd coordinator if you are unsure.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

The department has an international reputation for music research in history, theory, anthropology/ethnography and composition. We are particularly strong in Western music from the twelfth century to the present day, jazz, opera, film music, performance studies, and the musical cultures of the Middle East, South and South East Asia, Latin America and West Africa.

PhDs can be co-supervised with other arts & humanities or social sciences departments at King's, or with a department at another of our London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP) partners.

As a department, we believe in the complete equality of all areas of music research, and welcome students from all backgrounds, especially those who are currently under respresetnted in musicology, ethnomusicology, performance research, and composition.

Most recent REF rankings: 100% of department's research has been rated as having an outstanding (4*) and considerable impact (3*). The REF assesses the quality of research taking place in UK higher education institutions. Overall, 78% of the unit’s research was deemed of being world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) standard in terms of originality, significance and rigour.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    part time
    48-72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions