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Research, Centres and Units

Music research focuses in three areas:

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  • The study of music and contemporary culture across a range of genres/contexts, and the intersections between them.
  • Composition and creative practice, particularly in relation to music, other media, and technology, which offer a unifying thread to practice-based research.
  • Interdisciplinary and computational musicology, both in core areas of the field and in evolving newer research areas and methodologies.

Goldsmiths Research Online is our world-leading, searchable repository of publications by Goldsmiths staff. Read about our research here as well:

Department Staff and Research Pages
Research News 2004-10

  • The Graduate Forum is designed to help postgraduate students advance their research and careers. The Forum stimulates exchange, hones skills, facilitates the creation of professional networks and helps to consolidate the department’s postgraduate community. Attendance is strongly recommended for all postgraduate students in music, and participation from those working in other disciplines is most welcome. Events are free and open to all.

    For details of the Graduate Forum events, click here

International Symposium 2014  ‘Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Music and Heritage’

An international interdisciplinary project instigated by two academics at the Music Department has won a prestigious award from the 2013/14 Symposium Scheme by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). The project is entitled ‘Safeguarding the Intangible: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Music and Heritage’, and was proposed by Dr Barley Norton (Senior Lecturer in Ethnomusicology) and Dr Naomi Matsumoto (Associate Lecturer in Historical Musicology)

More information here


Centres and Units

Our international reputation is strengthened by the activities of departmental research centres and units: 

Afghanistan Music Unit
Asian Music Unit
Contemporary Music Research Unit
Centre for Russian Music
Popular Music Research Unit
Unit for Sound Practice Research

Postgraduate Research

Opportunities for postgraduate research in music at Goldsmiths:

Postgraduate Research in Music
Our Current Postgraduate Students
Goldsmiths Graduate School

Current MPhil/PhD students (log in required):

Music Postgraduate Research Student Home Page.




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