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Music (Historical Musicology), M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #417 (QS) ,
The Music (Historical Musicology) programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, qualifies graduates to embark upon their own research. While honing specialist skills, this pathway teaches students bold approaches to music as a practice and an academic discipline.

About

Taking up current debates and formative ideas, the Music (Historical Musicology) programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, prepares students for advanced-level teaching, research, music editing, criticism, broadcasting, librarianship or historically aware performance. Rigorous training, for instance in working with primary sources, is combined with a radical interrogation of musicology’s future in the twenty-first century.

Two core options deliver fundamental knowledge, and you choose two options from those offered across MA and MMus pathways. The knowledge acquired from your coursework underpins your dissertation, supervised throughout the year in one-to-one tutorials with a leading academic.

Skills

You'll develop investigation and evaluation skills, intellectual skills in music and specific research skills.

Careers

The programme is designed to provide preparation for those who wish to be involved in teaching, editorial work, journalistic criticism, lecturing, research at MPhil/PhD level, broadcasting, librarianship, or historically aware performance.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Music Studies
  • Sources and Resources in the Digital Age
  • Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise
  • Contemporary Ethnomusicology
  • Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:
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  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or an equivalent subject. 
  • Your qualification should comprise a substantial academic element relevant to the selected MA pathway and option choices. For the generic MA Music award you should write a detailed proposal explaining the rationale for your option course choices and how these provide a coherent programme of study leading to dissertation. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15810 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15810 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6990 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Home/EU - part-time: £3495

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • NEW Postgraduate Loan Scheme - The government has announced a new system of postgraduate loans for Masters courses.
  • Goldsmiths postgraduate scholarships and bursaries - We regularly offer scholarships and bursaries for home/EU postgraduate applicants, PGCE applicants, and international applicants - including alumni fee waivers
  • Departmental awards - Some academic departments at Goldsmiths offer programme-specific and/or subject specific funding in the form of scholarships, studentships and fee waivers
  • PhD studentships - Multi-million pound funding for PhDs in the arts and humanities, computing, creative industries and the social sciences, including AHRC funding and ESRC Doctoral Training Studentships
  • External sources of funding - There are hundreds of external charities, trusts and foundations that offer grants to students, so it's worth researching these opportunities
  • If you are an international student, see our list of international scholarships for more information

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