Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

This flexible programme is an opportunity to investigate and combine strategies for developing creative work – an inclusive and forward'thinking composition degree that acknowledges many different definitions of the term. You will devise a coherent yet bespoke programme of study from an extensive list of options, and have the opportunity to uniquely blend practices from popular music, sound art, contemporary composition, ethnography and multi'media work. These modules help you engage with a variety of rigorous intellectual, critical and technical skills that will inform your work and culminate in a substantial creative project. Depending on your module choices, you have access to the Electronic Music Studios (which offer advanced facilities for electro'acoustic composition, multichannel work and live/interactive performance) and the new Goldsmiths Music Studios (which offers a HD Pro'tools recording system and large format analogue desk). You will have the opportunity to write for and collaborate with your fellow composers and performers, and in'house ensembles; and furthermore develop collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in conjunction with other departments. The programme is exceptionally useful for students preparing for further postgraduate practice'as'research projects, or for those wishing to develop a distinctive portfolio of work for entry into the creative industries.

Course Modules

There is one core module, three option modules and a creative project. Option modules currently available include: Composition and moving image media; compositional techniques; contemporary ethnomusicology; contemporary music: practices and debates; critical musicology and popular music; ethnographic film and music research; interactive and generative music; interpretation; meaning and performance; material, form and structure; music management; new directions in popular music research; performance as research; philosophies of music; popular music composition; popular music and its critics; sound agendas; studio practice. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £6,780 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Master of Music - MMus £13,910 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
Master of Music - MMus

Qualifications required:

  • 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 this MMus pathway and option choices. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. You might also be considered 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. If English isn’t your first language, you’ll need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0) to study with us.