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Music, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #417 (QS) ,
The Music programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, advances your exploration of today’s music in all its complexity. From a range of stimulating pathways, you choose one that best suits your interests. Modules are shared across pathways, and are rooted in academic and practice-based research.  

About

The MA Music delivers core skills for academic research into music. Providing a uniquely creative approach to graduate studies, the degree accommodates diverse interests and approaches.

The programme and pathways available are:

  • MA Music (General)
  • Musicology (Pathway A)
  • Contemporary Music Studies (Pathway B)
  • Ethnomusicology (Pathway C)
  • Popular Music Research (Pathway D)

The MA Music equips graduates to take up careers in music such as journalism, teaching, broadcasting, librarianship, historically informed performance, contemporary composition, and arts administration. The programme’s modules explore music as an evolving subject, covering repertories from Western art music through to electronic, popular, audio-visual, non-Western, and contemporary repertories.

  • You develop systematic, critical and creative approaches, exploring musical practice, discourses, and contexts.
  • You develop an independent and original approach to current questions and debates.
  • You explore interrelationships between music and other subjects, between theory and practice, and between performance and structural interpretation.

The Music programme, offered by Goldsmiths, University of London, is an academic rather than a practice-based degree. If you're keen to study composition or performance, please explore our MMus programme and its pathways.

Skills

You'll develop:

  • investigation and evaluation skills
  • intellectual skills in music
  • specific research skills

Careers

The programme is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as:

  • journalism
  • teaching
  • broadcasting
  • librarianship
  • historically informed performance
  • contemporary composition
  • arts administration

Programme Structure

Each Masters degree is awarded after the accumulation of 180 credits. You take:

  • Core module(s) (30 credits each)
  • Optional modules (30 credits each)
  • Dissertation or Major Project (60 credits)

The topic of your dissertation or project relates closely to the programme outcomes of your pathway and its core modules and is agreed with your pathway leader.

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
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • 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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General Requirements

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen pathway. Please refer to the individual programme and pathway pages for more information.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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