Goldsmiths, University of London
Music (Musicology) MA
Goldsmiths, University of London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Musicology pathway in the MA Music programme qualifies graduates to embark upon their own research. While honing specialist skills, this pathway teaches students bold approaches to music as a practice and an academic discipline.

Taking up current debates and formative ideas, the Musicology pathway prepares students for advanced-level teaching, research, music editing, criticism, broadcasting, librarianship or historically aware performance. Rigorous training, for instance in working with primary sources, is combined with a radical interrogation of musicology’s future in the twenty-first century.

Two compulsory options deliver fundamental knowledge, and you choose two options from those offered across MA and MMus pathways. The knowledge acquired from your coursework underpins your dissertation, supervised throughout the year in one-to-one tutorials with a leading academic.

Private tours to archives and other relevant institutions in and around London complement onsite teaching.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees
    • (minimum 6.0 in Writing)
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Music (Musicology), MA.

You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in Music or an equivalent subject. Your qualification should comprise a substantial academic element relevant to the selected MA pathway and option choices. A detailed transcript of your degree is preferred. 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. 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.

Costs

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Goldsmiths, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

See all university rankings of Goldsmiths, University of London

What students say about studying Music in the UK?

  • Day in the life of a 3rd year Music student - University of Birmingham
  • A Day in the Life of: Music Label Intern & Meeting Rita Ora at Warner Bros Records
  • music student: day in a life
  • Going to Music University (Expectations Vs. Reality)
  • NYU Steinhardt Music Education | A Day in the Life

About Goldsmiths, University of London

Founded in 1891, Goldsmiths, University of London, is located in the South-Eastern area of London known as New Cross. The facilities are impressive at this university, providing students with Art, TV, and Radio studios, as well as a host of other resources aimed at optimising the experience for students on any of their courses. With Goldsmith’s exceptionally active event calendar, making new connections is easy, giving learners a way to socialise without even having to step foot off campus.

  • Coming to Goldsmiths: living in London
  • One to one - Goldsmiths Psychology students and tutors in conversation
  • Tips for your first term
  • What advice would you give to new students?
  • One to One - Goldsmiths Journalism students and tutors in conversation
  • Meet the Students of Goldsmiths - Institute of Management Studies

Where is this programme taught

Goldsmiths, University of London
map marker Show on map

Similar courses

Program University Student satis­faction Unem­ployed Drop­out Tuition (UK) Tuition (Inter­national) UCAS Tariff City
The University of Nottingham 70% 1% 4% £9250 £24500 136 Nottingham On campus Full-time
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance 52% 5% 6% £9250 £13750 120 London On campus Full-time
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland 52% 5% 6% £8997 £14115 120 Glasgow On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 89% 0% 5% £27750 £79290 197 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Leeds Conservatoire 70% 1% 13% £9250 £17500 135 Leeds On campus Full-time
Liverpool Hope University 78% 3% 9% £9250 £11400 118 Liverpool On campus Full-time
Durham University 93% 0% 4% £9250 £24500 189 Durham On campus Full-time
University of Glasgow 84% 0% 5% £27750 £79290 207 Glasgow On campus Full-time
Institute of Contemporary Music Performance 52% 5% 6% £9250 £13750 120 London On campus Full-time
Liverpool Hope University 90% 5% 5% £9250 £11400 117 Liverpool On campus Full-time