Description

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.

Study Details:

1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Academic Year of Study 1 MA in Music
Advanced Music Studies MU71079A 30 7 Core 1
AND: Dissertation MU71046A 60 7 Core 1-3
Sources and Resources in the Digital Age MU71060B 30 7 Optional 2
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates MU71054B 30 7 Optional 2
Critical Musicology & Popular Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 1
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Optional 1
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Optional 1
Philosophies of Music MU71036B 30 7 Optional 2
Sound Agendas MU71040B 30 7 Optional 1
Working with Original Musical
Documents MU71048A 30 7 Optional 1
Ethnographic Film and Music Research MU71051A 30 7 Optional 1 &2
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates MU71054B 30 7 Optional 2
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) MU71056B 30 7 Optional 2
Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise MU71058B 30 7 Optional 2
Soviet And Post-Soviet Music and Politics MU71061A 30 7 Optional 2
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance MU71067B 30 7 Optional 2
Critical Musicology and Popular Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 1
Popular Music and its Critics MU71070C 30 7 Optional 2
New Directions in Popular Music Research MU71071B 30 7 Optional 2
Research Through Musical Performance MU71080A 30 7 Optional 2
Compositional Techniques MU71065A 30 7 Optional 1
Music Management MU71072A 30 7 Optional 2

Academic Year of Study 1 MA in Music (Musicology) (pathway A)
Sources and Resources in the Digital Age MU71060A 30 7 Core 2
AND: Advanced Music Studies MU71079A 30 7 Core 1
AND: Dissertation MU71046A 60 7 Core 1-3
Working with Original Musical Documents MU71048A 30 7 Optional 1
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Optional 2
Philosophies of Music MU71036B 30 7 Optional 2
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates MU71054B 30 7 Optional 2
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) MU71056B 30 7 Optional 2
Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise MU71058B 30 7 Optional 2
Soviet And Post-Soviet Music and Politics MU71061A 30 7 Optional 2
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance MU71067B 30 7 Optional 2
Research Through Musical performance MU71080A 30 7 Optional 2
Critical Musicology and Popular Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 2
Ethnographic Film and Music Research MU71051A 30 7 Optional 1
Music Management MU71072A 30 7 Optional 2
New Directions in Popular Music Research MU71071B 30 7 Optional 2
Popular Music and its Critics MU71070C 30 7 Optional 2
Sound Agendas MU71040B 30 7 Optional 1

Academic Year of Study 1 MA in Music (Contemporary Music Studies) (pathway B)
Advanced Music Studies MU71079A 30 7 Core 1
Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates MU71054B 30 7 Core 2
AND: Dissertation MU71046A 60 7 Core 1-3
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Optional 1
Philosophies of Music MU71036B 30 7 Optional 1
Sound Agendas MU71040B 30 7 Optional 1
Ethnographic Film and Music Research MU71051A 30 7 Optional 1
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) MU71056B 30 7 Optional 2
Research through Musical Performance MU71080A 30 7 Optional 2
Music Management MU71072A 30 7 Optional 2
New Directions in Popular Music Research MU71071B 30 7 Optional 2
Compositional Techniques MU71065A 30 7 Optional 1
Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise MU71058B 30 7 Optional 2
Sources and Resources in the Digital Age MU71060B 30 7 Optional 2
Soviet And Post-Soviet Music and Politics MU71061A 30 7 Optional 2
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance MU71067A 30 7 Optional 2
Critical Musicology and Popular Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 2
Popular Music and its Critics MU71070C 30 7 Optional 2
Music Management MU71072A 30 7 Optional 2

Academic Year of Study 1 MA in Music (Ethnomusicology) (pathway C)
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Core 1
AND: Ethnomusicology Major Project MU71016C 60 7 Core 1-3
Philosophies of Music MU71036B 30 7 Optional 2
Sound Agendas MU71040B 30 7 Optional 1
Ethnographic Film and Music Research MU71051A 30 7 Optional 1
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) MU71056B 30 7 Optional 2
Soviet And Post-Soviet Music & Politics MU71061A 30 7 Optional 2
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance MU71067B 30 7 Optional 2
Critical Musicology and Popular Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 1
Popular Music and its Critics MU71070C 30 7 Optional 2
New Directions in Popular Music ResearchMU71071B 30 7 Optional 2
Research Through Musical Performance MU71080A 30 7 Optional 2
Advanced Music Studies MU71079A 30 7 Optional 1

Academic Year of Study 1 MA in Music (Popular Music Research) (Pathway D)
Critical Musicology and Popular  Music MU71069A 30 7 Optional 1
AND: Popular Music and its Critics MU71070C 30 7 Optional 2
AND: Dissertation MU71046A 60 7 Core 1-3
Contemporary Ethnomusicology MU71014B 30 7 Optional 1
Philosophies of Music MU71036B 30 7 Optional 2
Sound Agendas MU71040B 30 7 Optional 1
Working with Original Musical Documents MU71048A 30 7 Optional 1
Ethnographic Film and Music Research MU71051A 30 7 Optional 1
Contemporary Music: Practice and Debates MU71054B 30 7 Optional 2
Research Through Musical Performance MU71080A 30 7 Optional 2
Advanced Music Studies MU71079A 30 7 Optional 1
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) MU71056B 30 7 Optional 2
Interpretation, Meaning and Performance MU71067B 30 7 Optional 2
New Directions in Popular Music Research MU71071B 30 7 Optional 2
Music Management MU71072A 30 7 Optional 2

Student Destinations

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

Fees

UK/EU £6,690 International £15,180

Entry Requirements

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.

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