Course information




1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Course overview

This flexible Masters is an opportunity to investigate and combine strategies for developing new creative work. This is an inclusive, forward-thinking composition and creative practice degree, open to broad conceptions of composition, and multi-disciplinary approaches to creative practice.

  • You’ll devise a coherent yet bespoke programme of study from an extensive list of options, and have the opportunity to uniquely blend practices from contemporary songwriting and song-based music, sound art, contemporary composition, ethnography and multi-media work.

  • Modules on this masters support engagement with a variety of intellectual, creative, critical and technical skills that will inform your work and culminate in a substantial creative project.

  • Depending on your module choices, you’ll have access to the Electronic Music Studios, which offers advanced facilities for electro-acoustic composition, multichannel work and live/interactive performance and the Goldsmiths Music Studios which offers an HD Pro-tools recording system and large format analogue desk.

  • The programme is exceptionally useful for students preparing for further postgraduate practice research projects, or for those wishing to develop a distinctive portfolio of work for entry into the creative industries.

Contact the department

If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Simon Deacon.

What you'll study

Compulsory modules

You choose one of the following modules:

Module title Credits
Compositional Techniques 30 credits
Popular Music Composition 30 credits
Sonic Arts Practice 30 credits

Option modules

You choose 90 credits of option module, of which 30 credits can be taken from another relevant department. Option modules change from year to year, and recent examples include:

Module title Credits
Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise 30 credits
Audiovisual Composition 30 credits
Composition and Moving Image Media 30 credits
Compositional Techniques 30 credits
Contemporary Ethnomusicology 30 credits
Contemporary Music: Practice and Discourse 30 credits
Critical Musicology and Popular Music 30 credits
Ethnographic Film and Music Research 30 credits
Interactive and Generative Music 30 credits
Material, Form and Structure 30 credits
Music Management 30 credits
New Directions in Popular Music Research 30 credits
Popular Music and its Critics 30 credits
Popular Music Composition 30 credits
Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology) 30 credits
Research through Musical Performance 30 credits
Sound Agendas 30 credits
Studio Practice 30 credits
Philosophies of Music 30 credits
Advanced Strategies in Creative Music Production 30 credits

Creative Project

Module title Credits
Creative Project 60 credits

Download the programme specification.

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 Music or a relevant/related subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the selected MMus pathway and option choices. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. 

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

Students who have completed up to 90 credits (not including final 60-credit projects or dissertations) of a comparable degree at another university can apply for recognition of prior learning status as part of their application for a place on the programme, where such credits are carried forward into your study at Goldsmiths.

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

Annual tuition fees

These are the fees for students starting their programme in the 2024/2025 academic year.

  • Home - full-time: £10350
  • Home - part-time: £5175
  • International - full-time: £19520

If your fees are not listed here, please check our postgraduate fees guidance or contact the Fees Office, who can also advise you about how to pay your fees.

It’s not currently possible for international students to study part-time under a student visa. If you think you might be eligible to study part-time while being on another visa type, please contact our Admissions Team for more information.

If you are looking to pay your fees please see our guide to making a payment.

Additional costs

In addition to your tuition fees, you'll be responsible for any additional costs associated with your course, such as buying stationery and paying for photocopying. You can find out more about what you need to budget for on our study costs page.

There may also be specific additional costs associated with your programme. This can include things like paying for field trips or specialist materials for your assignments. Please check the programme specification for more information.

Funding opportunities

Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. 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 academic qualifications
  • The email address of your referee who we can request a reference from, or alternatively a copy of your academic reference
  • Copies of your educational transcripts or certificates
  • 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
  • A portfolio that provides selected examples of your recent original creative work, (audio, video or other formats as appropriate, 4-6 separate pieces). These should be provided as links to streamable content (on English Language sites). Examples should be relevant to the focus of the pathway

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. 

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 earlier application deadline.

Find out more about applying.


Student work

Goldsmiths Students make music with EMI

EMI Production Music has published an album of music for film, TV and other media composed by Goldsmiths, University of London students.

Goldsmiths: Sounds One is a compilation album of 18 tracks composed by 15 students and recent graduates from Department of Music postgraduate programmes, including MMus Popular MusicMMus Creative Practice and MMus Composition.

This album is the brainchild of Paul Sandell, EMIPM Content and Distribution Manager, and is co-produced by James Ewers, Associate Music Lecturer, and Ian Gardiner, Senior Lecturer and convenor for MMus module Composition and Moving Image Media.

The students and graduates are Pete Wilson, Ged Flood, Matt Kirk, Aleksandra Wozniak, Sydney Bull, Alexander Brown, Valeria Pozzo (aka Naonis Sounds), Robert Aitken, Lamis (Ell) Harper, Thomas Falle, Felix Morgan, Paul Reynolds, Jacob Cheetham, Duncan Silvey and Andrea Caruso.

The collection of tracks spans genres, including traditional piano and string-based classical styles (such as Naonis Sounds and Robert Aitken’s urgent Momentous), world-music tinged soundscapes (eg. Ged Flood and Matt Kirk’s Night Trip), modern ambient acoustic/electronic hybrid textures (Pete Wilson’s Gravitas) and synth and noise-heavy pieces (Jacob Cheetham’s Dronem).

Goldsmiths: Sounds One can be previewed on Soundcloud

Picture of a group of Goldsmiths students


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