Course information


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

This programme allows you to develop the business/entrepreneurial skills and attributes to commercialise on your creative and cultural practices and/or knowledge.

The Music Pathway of the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship allows you to build on a historical and theoretical understanding of cultural and creative industries and the development of a cultural economy to create your own creative initiatives, which might be research-based, policy-based, practice-based, or a combination of any or all of these.

The MA will be taught in partnership by a number of departments within Goldsmiths and with key individuals and organisations in the creative and cultural industries sector.

Our collective approach is to integrate entrepreneurship within the development of creative practices and to take a ‘creative’ approach to the development of new businesses and the infrastructure that supports them.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Admissions Tutor

What you'll study

The programme contains four taught modules and a further dissertation/portfolio component.

Music Pathway students choose an option offered by the Music Department for module II. Attendance is mandatory for all taught sections of the programme. To encourage collaborative learning we try to teach all students together wherever possible, irrespective of their particular pathway. 

Module I

Module title Credits
  Theories of Capital 30 credits
  Module II: Creative Practice 30 credits
  Module III: Entrepreneurial Modelling 30 credits

Module IV: Entrepreneurial Practices and Modes of Production

Either: Sector Overiew: Performing Arts and Audience Development and Fundraising 30 Credits

OR Audience Development and Fundraising Work Placement 30 Credits

Module V: Dissertation or project/portfolio

EITHER: Dissertation or Project/Portfolio

The content and research imperatives of the dissertation/portfolio can be developed in tutorials with staff to address your individual needs. It could range from an entirely written document researching a particular area of the cultural and creative industries to a fully developed proposal for a new business.

Module II: Creative Practice

Module title Credits
  Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits
  Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
  Material, Form and Structure 30 credits
  New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits
  Philosophies of Music 30 credits
  Popular Music: Listening, Analysis and Interpretation 30 credits
  Sound Agendas 30 credits
  Sources and Resources in the Digital Age 30 credits
  Soviet and Post-Soviet Music and Politics 30 credits
  Strategies for Performance 30 credits
  Working with Original Musical Documents 30 credits

Module III

Module title Credits
  Entrepreneurial Modelling 30 credits

Module IV: Entrepreneurial Practices and Modes of Production within one creative industry sector

You take one of the following modules:

Module title Credits
  College-based sector overview 30 credits
  Internship and management practice 30 credits

Module V

Module title Credits
  Dissertation or Project/Portfolio plus reflective analysis 60 credits

Download the latest programme specification. If you would like an earlier version of the programme specification, please contact the Quality Office.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Entry requirements

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject.

Evidence of some engagement with or experience of contemporary music making as a performer or creative artist is desirable, whether in classical, popular or world music genres, together with some understanding of management/administration issues as they particularly relate to music and musicians.

We also welcome applications from students who are practising musicians who may wish to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, or develop a specific music-related company or business.

International qualifications

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more about the qualifications we accept from around the world.

If English isn’t your first language, you will need an IELTS score (or equivalent English language qualification) of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0 to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range of courses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study.

Fees, funding & scholarships

Find out more about tuition fees.

Find out more about funding opportunities for home/EU applicants, or funding for international applicants. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.

How to apply

You apply directly to Goldsmiths using our online application system. 

Before submitting your application you’ll need to have:

  • Details of your education history, including the dates of all exams/assessments
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively an electronic copy of your academic reference
  • personal statement – this can either be uploaded as a Word Document or PDF, or completed online

          Please see our guidance on writing a postgraduate statement

  • If available, an electronic copy of your educational transcript (this is particularly important if you have studied outside of the UK, but isn’t mandatory)

You must demonstrate in your written application and in interview that you have a capacity for creative and cultural entrepreneurship, and that you are able to meet the intellectual demands of the programme.

You'll be able to save your progress at any point and return to your application by logging in using your username/email and password.

When to apply

We accept applications from October for students wanting to start the following September. When applying, please specify your preferred pathway (in this case, Music).

We encourage you to complete your application as early as possible, even if you haven't finished your current programme of study. It's very common to be offered a place that is conditional on you achieving a particular qualification. 

Late applications will only be considered if there are spaces available.

If you're applying for funding you may be subject to an application deadline.

Selection process

Admission to many programmes is by interview, unless you live outside the UK. Occasionally, we'll make candidates an offer of a place on the basis of their application and qualifications alone.

Find out more about applying.



The programme will enable those who have previously studied an area of creative study/practice, such as music, to start a career developing a business arising from an existing or new creative practice. This may relate directly to a 'product' or 'process' arising from you own practice or to a form of 'expertise', 'consultancy' or 'knowledge'. The programme will also equip those who wish to work within organisations that develop the infrastructure and environment for new creative businesses with the capacity to flourish in a variety of contexts.


You can expect to develop an independence and integrity in developing creative ideas. You will be able to apply entrepreneurial approaches to creative projects and demonstrate an understanding of different business models to establish a creative enterprise. You will also develop team-working and leadership skills, and effective business and communication skills.

Find out more about employability at Goldsmiths

What our students say

Sirasar Boonma

"MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Music pathway lead me to the world of service design and understand the concept of start-up and business."

MA in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship, Music pathway lead me to the world of service design and understand the concept of start-up and business. 

Goldsmiths opened my world. It's not only open my eyes in terms of understanding the value of multi-disciplinary and diversity but I also learned how to listen and respect others. 

William Samman

"This course gave me the drive to learn more, to go further and stay curious."

"A Commercial Attache is essentially the same as any trade commissionner. I assist companies from Quebec in driving their exports into the UK, Ireland and the Nordic Countries. 

The ICCE programme was a great enabler; it gave me the drive to learn more, to go further and stay curious. It also got me closer to eventually cross over, launch an idea and become an entrepreneur. 

For me, Goldsmiths was all about the following three things: the people, the variety of cultures and the networking opportunities."

Abdullah Alwali

"The course challenged my thinking and made me re-evaluate my values and my direction."

"I’m originally from Sheffield and didn’t go to university straight away. I got a National Diploma in Music Technology and set up a music label with a friend and then went to university because I felt like I needed a bit more experience. After that, I set up Bigfoot Studios in Sheffield with a friend and spent two years converting a disused warehouse into four practice rooms and a recording studio. I was also running my own record label, Bad Taste Records, and it got to a point where I thought, especially in Sheffield, that we’d exhausted every possible avenue of operating. There are only so many clubs you can do nights at and you can only get so big.

I looked at doing a MA in London and when I found the ICCE course it was like it was written for me; the modules that it covered were perfect for me. Goldsmiths has a great reputation and seeing that people like James Blake came here is pretty inspiring.

I really enjoyed the MA. I found the people on the course really diverse and interesting, and the tutors were really encouraging and helped me build my confidence. Before I came here I was totally unsure if I was going in the right direction – the best thing about the course is that it’s challenged what I’m doing and made me think about why I’m doing it.

The atmosphere at Goldsmiths is spot-on. It’s a proper university; it’s got character and charm. It��s so diverse, has such a mix of students and a relaxed atmosphere. Personally I find a lot of universities a bit daunting in comparison to Goldsmiths. 

The advice I'd give to a student considering a postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths is: prepare to rip your hair out! Think of what you actually want to get out of it. You might think that doing a MA will open the door instantly but it won’t unless you’ve got an idea of what path you’re going to take. Something that is really important is to make use of all the tutors and their networks. You might overlook something as simple as emailing your tutor regularly, but your tutor is going to have some serious connections that can help you.

Since graduating I've still been running Bad Taste Records and I’ve also been doing a paid marketing internship at Universal Records. My plans for the future are to open a new offshoot label with some new partners in New York, Sheffield and London."

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