The MA Music 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.
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 repertoires.
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 MA Music 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.
What you'll study
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.
The options provide you with a choice of modules relevant to your chosen pathway. We will offer advice at interview and/or enrolment about your options. Please note that the availability of options may depend upon the department timetable.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen pathway. Please refer to the individual programme and pathway pages for more information.
Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications.
If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.
The programme is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music, such as: