About this program
MA Music (Musicology)
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 musicologys 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.
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. For the generic MA Music award you should write a detailed proposal explaining the rationale for your option course choices and how these provide a coherent programme of study leading to dissertation. 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.
We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Find out more aboutthe qualifications we accept from around the world.
If English isnt your first language, you will need an IELTS score (orequivalent English language qualification) of6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0to study this programme. If you need assistance with your English language, we offer a range ofcourses that can help prepare you for postgraduate-level study."
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- Advanced Music Studies
- Sources and Resources in the Digital Age
- Analysing Contemporary Music: From Serialism to Spectral Noise
- Contemporary Ethnomusicology
- Contemporary Music: Practices and Debates
- Critical Musicology and Popular Music
- Ethnographic Film and Music Research
- Music Management
- New Directions in Popular Music Research
- Performance as Research (Ethnomusicology)
- Popular Music and its Critics
- Research through Musical Performance
- Sound Agendas
- Philosophies of Music
- MA Music Dissertation
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
- Local students - full-time: £8370
- Local students - part-time: £4185
- International Students- full-time: £17760
The programme is designed to provide preparation for those who wish to be involved in teaching, editorial work, journalistic criticism, lecturing, research at MPhil/PhD level, broadcasting, librarianship, or historically aware performance.
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Goldsmiths, University of London
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