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.
- investigation and evaluation skills
- intellectual skills in music
- specific research skills
The programme is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as:
- historically informed performance
- contemporary composition
- arts administration
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.
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- Apply early to avoid disappointment
DisciplinesMusic View 220 other Masters in Music in United Kingdom
- Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen pathway. Please refer to the individual programme and pathway pages for more information.
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