This MMus builds on our international reputation in the popular music field, as seen in the success of our BMus graduates.

The programme offers you the opportunity to reflect critically upon your own creative practice – whether that consists of performance, songwriting, arranging, production, or collaboration – and to integrate theoretical perspectives from contemporary popular music studies.

You’ll also be able to extend your own practice through options in sonic and studio art, advanced music technology, exploration in audiovisual media, and ethnomusicology.

The MMus Popular Music is intended for music creators who integrate these elements in the compositional, recording and performance work.

Study Details:

1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Module Details:

Core modules
Popular Music Composition 30 credits

You also choose one of the following core modules:

Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
Popular Music and its Critics 30 credits

Option modules
You choose two modules from a list of options that currently includes:

Audiovisual Composition 30 credits
Composition and Moving Image Media 30 credits
Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
Ethnographic Film and Music Research 30 credits
Interactive and Generative Music 30 credits
Music Management 30 credits
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) 30 credits
Popular Music and its Critics 30 credits
Studio Practice 30 credits
Advanced Strategies in Creative Music Production 30 credits
Philosophies of Music 30 credits
Popular Music Project 60 credits

Student Destinations

Graduates may progress to be composer-performers, studio practitioners/producers and music industry employees within the popular music sector. Older students who have returned to advance their knowledge and practice base will be better positioned in the job market.

We are also able to offer a series of employability/placement/internship style opportunities to include:

  • the Music Professional Practice scheme – a departmental scheme supporting final year undergraduate and MMus/MA students with employability concerns
  • Music Management Course – specifically assesses students on cultural entrepreneurship and their own real world music projects
  • NX records – the departmental record label in association with Matthew Herbert and Accidental Records
  • PureGold festival – the annual departmental festival launched at the Southbank centre
  • Simon Says – showcase events in collaboration with Goldsmiths Students’ Union
  • Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble – recent performances at Glastonbury, the Southbank Centre and Shepherds Bush Empire


These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2020/21 academic year. Home/EU - full-time: £10450 Home/EU - part-time: £5225 International - full-time: £18900

Entry Requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or a relevant/related subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the pathway. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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