Research, Centres and Units


Goldsmiths Department of Music is the largest in the UK's established university sector, with a  vibrant community of  over 80 postgraduates on Masters and PhD programmes.  The Department leads research in theoretical areas - musicology, ethnomusicology, popular music - and in creative practice. Supporting Goldsmiths graduate music studies are three well-equipped studios – the Electronic Music Studios, Goldsmiths Music Studio, and Goldsmiths Sonics Immersive Media Lab –  a Steinway D piano, two large concert venues in listed buildings, and an independent record label, NX Records.

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.

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

The Music Research Series helps postgraduate students advance their work and careers, facilitating access to cutting-edge research, and to professional networks. Events are free and open to all. Music postgraduate students are expected to attend; music undergraduate students are warmly welcome.

Details of Music Research Series events.

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:

Goldsmiths Graduate School

Current PhD students

Current MPhil/PhD students (log in required): Music Postgraduate Research Student Home Page.

Recent PhD successes: 

Congratulations to:

Maja Bosnic - Thesis Title: Re-Question, Reset. Portfolio of compositions accompanied by a written commentary 

Marcus Leadley - Thesis Title: In Situ Listening: Soundscape, Site and Transphonia
Lis Lewis
 - Thesis Title: Aesthetics (1706-1972): A National Style?
Matthew Anthony Lewis - 
Thesis Title: Ventriloquial Acts: Critical reflections on the art of Foley and the role of sound in social space

Anastasios Mavroudis - Thesis Title: Performing Sicilianos: Selected Chamber Works and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

Maria Yerosimou - Thesis Title: Jani Christou's ‘Strychnine Lady’ (1967): The development of an interpretative strategy in the context of the interdisciplinary ideas surrounding its genesis

Alistair Zaldua - Thesis Title: The Concept of the Meta-Instrument and its Implementation in Pre-Composition