Taught course


Goldsmiths, University of London · Music

Entry requirements

You should normally have a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in Music, or an equivalent qualification. Your qualification should comprise a substantial academic element relevant to the selected MA pathway. For the generic MA in Music award you should write a detailed proposal explaining the rationale for your choices and how these provide a coherent programme of study leading to dissertation.

We also encourage applications from people without formal qualifications who can demonstrate equivalent professional experience, in which case you are advised to enclose with your application examples of your written work.

Specific pathways may have additional entrance requirements.

Awards available are: MA in Music (elective), MA in Music (Contemporary Music Studies), MA in Music (Ethnomusicology), MA in Music (Historical Musicology) and MA in Music (Popular Music Research).

Months of entry


Course content

This programme offers a variety of stimulating and contemporary academic pathways with a range of theoretical and practice-based modules.

The MA in Music programme introduces you to the fundamental principles of research in music. It provides a unique and creative approach to musicology, valuing intellectual curiosity and musical diversity.

It's 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, and arts administration.

The programme addresses the challenges of an evolving subject. It encompasses many repertoires of music, offering pathways that reference Western art music and popular music, the music of other cultures, sound art, contemporary music and electronic music.

  • You develop systematic, critical and creative approaches to study and research, exploring musical practice and discourse in historical, social and cultural contexts.
  • You investigate research ideas and methods in contemporary musicology, to develop an independent and original approach to current questions and debates.
  • You explore the complex interrelationships between music and other subjects, between theory and practice, and between performance and structural interpretation.

The programme helps you understand and evaluate current trends and traditions, and appreciate how we, like others before us, reflect the time, place and attitudes of the milieu within which we work.

Awards available are:

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English must have received a score of 6.5 or more in the IELTS (or equivalent) examination for written English.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

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