The MMus degree advances your exploration of today’s creative music practice in all its complexity. From a range of stimulating pathways, you choose one that best suits your interests. Modules are shared across pathways, and are rooted in academic and practice-based research.
The MMus degree allows students to advance in performance and composition in the broadest sense, while acquiring academic knowledge.
The pathways available are:
- Creative Practice (Pathway A)
- Composition (Pathway B)
- Sonic Arts (Pathway C)
- Performance and Related Studies (Pathway D)
- Popular Music (Pathway E)
The programme’s modules explore music as an evolving subject and cover repertories from Western art music through to electronic, popular, audio-visual, non-Western, and contemporary repertories.
- You develop systematic, critical and creative approaches, exploring musical practice, discourses, and contexts
- You develop an independent and original approach to creative practice
- You explore interrelationships between music and other subjects, between theory and practice, and between performance and structural interpretation
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact the Department of Music.
What you'll study
For 2020–21, we have made some changes to how the teaching and assessment of certain programmes are delivered. To check what changes affect this programme, please visit the Programme Changes page
Each Masters degree is awarded after the accumulation of 180 credits. You take:
- Compulsory module(s) (30 credits each)
- Optional modules (30 credits each)
- Dissertation or Major Project (60 credits)
The options provide you with a choice of modules relevant to your chosen pathway, please refer to the individual pathway pages for more detail. We will offer advice at interview and/or enrolment about your options. Please note that the availability of options may depend upon the department timetable.
Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.
Entry requirements vary depending on your chosen pathway. Please refer to the individual programme and pathway pages for more information.
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.
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
Please check individual pathway pages for details of fees.
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.
Find out more about postgraduate fees and explore funding opportunities. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.