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Department of Music

From opera to soundscape, from John Cale to James Blake, music at Goldsmiths embraces 21st-century culture.

Our music degrees bring together academic work with creative practice, letting you merge classical, contemporary, studio-based, ethnographic and popular music studies.

We focus on your creative development, enabling you to make music that’s true to your identity. You will graduate with an impressive and diverse set of skills, equipped for a range of music careers: whether in performance, education, the arts sector or the creative industries.

As a student at Goldsmiths, you will perform, compose, study and experiment – ultimately specialising in the subjects that interest you most. You will use our commercial-standard recording studio and Stanley Glasser Electronic Music Studios, and you can gain work experience through our professional practice scheme linked to London-based music institutions.

We provide a host of performance opportunities, including our opera, the Goldsmiths Sinfonia, our Chamber Choir and the Contemporary Music Ensemble. These culminate in our end-of-year degree show and public music festival, PureGold.


In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework assessment, the Department achieved an outstanding Grade Point Average, ranking twelfth in the UK for music research quality, and placing it among highest-achieving HEI music departments nationally and internationally.

Alexander Ivashkin Scholarship worth £3000 a year. The Dept of Music is excited to be able to offer significant scholarships: £3000 a year for 3 years for 5 BMus Music students, and a 25% fee reduction for 3 MMus students. Click here for more information on the BMus Music scholarship, and here for MMus fee reduction. Liz Bromley, Registrar & Secretary, said: "The Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarships are a fitting tribute for an admired and esteemed colleague. What better way to honour his outstanding contribution to Goldsmiths and preserve his legacy as a world-leading performer than to help students realise their potential through these scholarships."

Celebrating the Thunderbirds 50th anniversary, check out the performance of Thunderbirds Are Go! at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival, performed by Charles Hazlewood’s All Star Collective, with arrangements are by the Music Department's Ian Gardiner.

PhD funding success: Congratulations to Alexis Bennett who has secured a British Library Edison Fellowship for later this year

Music will host an AHRC-funded PhD project from next year, thanks to an award just made under the CHASE scheme. More information on the MPhil/PhD here

New Music Bursaries and Scholarships Announced

Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarship
The Dept of Music is excited to be able to offer significant scholarships: £3000 a year for 3 years for 5 BMus Music students, and a 25% fee reduction for 3 MMus students. Click here for more information on the BMus Music scholarship, and here for MMus fee reduction. Applicants for the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) for 2015 entry will automatically be considered for the Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarship. This scholarship honours Professor Ivashkin's outstanding contributions to music performance. The scholarship is a 25% fee waiver for students in the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) degree.

Joe Brown Memorial Award
Second-year students are eligible to apply for an award of £1,000 towards final-year Creative Projects with an electronic component. This award is generously donated by Nick Brown in memory of his son, Joe Brown. The Award recipient will receive the title of ‘Joe Brown Memorial Scholar’.

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An introduction to the Department of Music

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