12 months
17760 GBP/year
8370 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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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.  

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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.


You'll develop:

  • 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:

  • 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:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • complete your application as early as possible


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    17760 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17760 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8370 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8370 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • National: £4183
  • International: £8880

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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