London College of Music - Master's Degree

London College of Music (LCM), located in the heart of the UK’s music and media business – between the vibrant cities of London and Reading, is the largest specialist music and performing arts institution in the UK. LCM offers undergraduate courses in: Acting, Composition, Live Sound, Music Management, Music Technology, Musical Theatre, Performance and Theatre Production; postgraduate courses in: Composition, Music Management, Music Technology, Musical Theatre, Performance and Record Production; doctoral and other short courses.

  • Average Tuition GBP 9,325

School Description

London College of Music, founded in 1887, was initially established as an examining body; but even during this early period in its history it had a teaching element that provided the facilities for part-time education. Between 1894 up until 1899 the College introduced many popular classes such as Orchestra, Operatic Classes and Ladies Choir and in 1939, the College introduced several major changes, including increasing its emphasis on providing full time music courses. The College enjoyed a charitable status, between 1963 up until 1991 when it joined Thames Valley University.

In 1964, Dr William Lloyd Webber, was appointed Director of LCM. During his tenure, he turned the College into a very profitable institution and introduced full-time study programs in line with other music conservatoires – hence under his leadership the College found an identity. William Lloyd Webber served the college up until his death in 1982 – he however left behind a thriving institution in a financially secure position. John McCabe followed Dr Webber as Director; he was tasked with giving the college a higher and more modern profile. During his term, LCM merged with TVU in 1991 but retained its name as part of the original agreement. Since then to date LCM has had several directors.

Some outstanding musicians who studied at LCM include, opera singers Rosalind Sutherland and John Treleaven; Peter Hunter and Paul Harrison who are now Heads of Music Departments in very respectable schools; and others include, Edward Blakeman, BBC Proms producer; Andrew Simpson, composer; David Caddick, top west-end theatrical musical director and Alistair Lilley outstanding Convent Garden repetiteur.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 8
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50


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    Established in 1887


    The London College of Music holds the status of an ‘all-Steinway’ school; hence giving its students access to the best pianos in the world.

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    University of West London, St Mary's Rd, London W5 5RF, United Kingdom

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