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BME Music Scholar’s Fee Waiver (MA/MMus)

The Department of Music is happy to announce a new MA/MMus scholarship for BME students.

There is a dramatic under-representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BME) music scholars at the academic professional level. The same is true throughout British academia. This full tuition fee-waiver scholarship aims to support a BME student who intends to progress through postgraduate study and into an academic research position.

Like all our students, the successful candidate will benefit from the Department’s open, innovative and supportive environment, and will also receive support from the Goldsmiths Careers Service. 

Eligibility criteria

The fee waiver is open to Home/EU applicants identifying as BME.

Application process

Potential candidates must first apply for a place on any of our Music Masters programmes, following the standard application procedure. Once an offer of a place has been made (conditional or unconditional), candidates can apply for the scholarship. Candidates should indicate at the point of application that they also intend to be considered for this scholarship.

 To apply for the scholarship you will need to submit: 

  1. A 300-word statement describing the broad areas of musical work and research that you intend to explore at postgraduate level, including Masters work, and, if applicable, subsequent MPhil/PhD level study. This statement will not itself be formally evaluated, but will function as an overview of your interests and potential path into the academic profession.
  2. A portfolio of work, the contents of which will vary according to the programme concerned.
  3. Applicants to MA pathways should submit a selection of 3-5 written pieces. At least two of these pieces should be academic essays of at least 2,000 words in length. The remaining pieces may be writings on music of any other form: journalistic, critical, reflective, and so on. Work on music in other media formats (video, audio-visual) can also be considered.
  4. Applicants to MMus pathways should submit a substantial portfolio of their creative practice. This may include examples of one or more of the following: performance, songwriting, production, documentation of audio-visual and/or site-specific/installation works, compositions/scores. These examples may be presented in whatever media is appropriate. The portfolio should be accompanied by a contextual reflective commentary of 300-500 words, which will outline the ideas and creative methods underpinning the creative work.

Applications will be reviewed and the award made by a panel including BME academics associated with the Department.

Please direct enquiries to Dr. Tom Perchard.


The deadline for applying for this scholarship is 9am, 13 July 2020.

Music Performance Scholarships

25% fee waiver available to MMus Performance and Related Studies students

Applicants for the MMus Performance and Related Studies will automatically be considered for the Music Performance Scholarship. This scholarship is a 25% fee waiver.

Eligibility criteria:

  • You must have applied to the 
  • You should demonstrate excellence, or potential for excellence, in music performance 
  • Your instrument needs to be acoustic (string, wind, brass, percussion, keyboard and voice)
  • UK/EU students are eligible

How do I apply?

  • All applicants to MMus in Performance who meet the criteria above are automatically considered for these scholarships.
  • The Department of Music will notify candidates and invite them to interview. You'll be assessed on your interview and a performance.

If you have any queries about the terms and conditions of the scheme, please contact Dr. Pete Furniss.

The Department of Music will notify candidates and invite them to interview. You'll be assessed on your interview and a performance.

AHRC studentships

Goldsmiths is part of the CHASE AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, which funds up to 75 doctoral studentships per year. 

If you're thinking about carrying out a research degree in the arts and humanities, you could be eligible to apply for a studentship covering fees (currently £3,996 per annum), a maintenance allowance (currently £15,863) and research training.

To be considered, you need to have applied for a relevant research programme at Goldsmiths by January. 

Find out more about this AHRC funding

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