Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Rethink music study and practice through a challenging combination of theoretical and practical modules. We're one of the largest university music departments in the UK, so you'll have access to a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers and writers ' their diversity of expertise makes this one of the most exciting undergraduate music degrees in the UK. There are professional and student'led recitals, concerts, workshops and other music events taking place every week, with opportunities to perform at Goldsmiths and in public venues. You'll have the opportunity to perform at our annual music festival PureGold, which celebrates the music created and performed at Goldsmiths. You'll be within easy reach of central London's many venues, concert halls, opera houses and research libraries, providing a great international focus. You'll be encouraged to construct a path of study that develops and explores the interrelationship between music as a creative and practical endeavour, and music as an intellectual study. We encourage ambition and independence, and will help you think about the kind of musician you want to be. Employers look for initiative'driven graduates who think critically about their actions, work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. This degree will help you develop these skills ' sometimes without you noticing!

Course Modules

Level 1: Core modules: introduction to critical musical studies; practical music studies; analysis and composition; studies in tonality (classical). Level 2: Historical and cultural studies (musical style and historical culture); world music; genre in music history; alternative histories of 20th'century music; ethnomusicology; music and identity; music and postmodernism; Russian musical traditions; mass culture and the music industry; music and modernism; creative studies (composition); creative strategies; studio techniques; music aesthetics; studio composition; aesthetics of performance; music technology and production; history of performance; practical studies (classical performance); improvisation; technical studies (romanticism and musical structure); the language of jazz; analysis and musical modernism; classical orchestration and arrangement; baroque musical techniques; film music. Level 3: Historical and cultural studies (the politics of sound); serialism and 12'note music; Soviet music and beyond; indeterminacy and improvisation; music and the body; principles of advanced historical studies; cultural theory through compositional practice; advanced music history through sources and documents; minimalism and postminimalism; methods in 20th'century music history; creative and technical studies (advanced studio composition); 20th'century musical techniques; analysis and new music; composition for large ensembles; extended instrumental and vocal techniques; studio composition (major project composition for ensemble'in'residence); Renaissance music theory and practice; practical studies (advanced classical performance); special study (research essay).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £14,450  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BMus (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
4 years
Part Time
BMus (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level ABB
  • Irish Leaving Certificates BBBBB
  • European Baccalaureate 77%
  • SQA Higher ABBBC
  • International Baccalaureate 34
  • SQA Advanced Higher ABC
  • Interview
  • GCE AS-level
  • BTEC National Certificate (12 units) MD
  • BTEC National Diploma MDD
  • BTEC National Award
  • Course specific

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11% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 8%

Total Coursework: 70%

Total Practical: 22%

£5,247 - £5,247
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,906 - £7,306
Typical cost of private accommodation