The MMus programme accords with Goldsmiths’ declared aims to work beyond the boundaries of preconceptions, provide freedom to experiment, encourage individuality and nurture talent. It is designed with careful consideration of the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in music and the creative industries in general, such as professional performance, composition, film/TV composition, sound design, teaching, broadcasting and arts administration. The MMus is closely linked with the department’s research strategy, and the wide-ranging research and practice-based activities of academic staff.
The programme addresses the evolving challenges presented in creating music, sound art and technology, and/or concert performances. You develop systematic, critical and technical approaches to practice and research, exploring, as appropriate, contemporary or historical understandings of creative practice and musical performance. You investigate and appraise the contextual and technical basis of artistic and musical aims, helping you formulate an independent and original approach to your own work as a composer and/or performer. The programme explores the complex interrelationships between music and other disciplines, between theory and creative expression, and between composition, musical realisation and reception. It references a diverse range of music, focussing as appropriate upon contemporary and historical Western art music, popular music, the music of other cultures, and computer music.
Programme Structure and Requirements: Each Master’s degree is awarded after the accumulation of 180 CAT (Credit and Transfer) points. You must take four modules (30 CATs each) and the portfolio or recital option (60 CATs) designated for your pathway. Each pathway comprises: 1. Core modules. 2. Options. 3. Portfolio or Recital. The specialism of your portfolio/recital should be closely allied to the specific programme outcomes of your pathway and its core modules, and agreed with the relevant pathway coordinator. The options provide you with a choice of modules most relevant to your chosen pathway. You will receive advice from the department at interview and/or enrolment about your choices. Please note that choices may be affected by the department timetable.
Further information: Detailed information about the structure and content of each pathway can be found on the Goldsmiths website.
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Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarships - 2015 entry
Applicants for the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) for 2015 entry will automatically be considered for the Alexander Ivashkin Music Scholarship worth £1,525. This scholarship honours Professor Ivashkin's outstanding contributions to music performance. The scholarship is a 25% fee waiver for students on the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) degree.
Value of Scholarship(s)
25% fee waiver
3 x 25% fee waivers available to MMus (Performance & Related Studies) students. Eligibility criteria:You must have applied to the MMus (Performance & Related Studies) You should demonstrate excellence, or potential for excellence, in music performance Your instrument needs to be acoustic (string, wind, brass, percussion, keyboard and voice) UK/EU students are eligible
All applicants to MMus (Performance & Related Studies) who meet the criteria above are automatically considered for these scholarships.
The Department of Music will notify candidates and invite them to interview. You'll be assessed on your interview and a performance.
In partnership with Banco Santander, Goldsmiths will be awarding seven scholarships to outstanding candidates from within the Santander Universidades network. Each scholarship provides a £5,000 fee waiver and is tenable for one year only.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Scholarships will be open to students applying to study a taught masters degree (excludes MRes and Masters by Research) in any discipline starting in September 2016. The countries targeted (although not exclusively, should exceptional candidates apply from other eligible countries*) will be:Mexico Brazil Colombia China * The Santander Universidades scheme covers institutions in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK, Uruguay and USA.
Your scholarship application should be completed online through your myGoldsmiths account. This is the online account that you created in order to apply for a course at Goldsmiths.
As part of the application, you'll be asked to answer three questions relevant to the award that you are applying for.
For more information, please see the Banco Santander Scholarships page.
Please note that scholarship schemes and awards are subject to the availability of funds, and the details given here are subject to change at any time. we therefore encourage you to check this information regularly.
The Goldsmiths' Company Postgraduate Bursaries
Please see website for more details
Value of Scholarship(s)
Students on taught postgraduate programmes (not including MA Filmmaking or PGCEs) starting October 2015. You must be: a UK student; new to postgraduate study; experiencing financial difficulties. You should also demonstrate academic potential and you must not be in receipt of any Goldsmiths, AHRC or ESRC funding.
You should normally have, or expect to have, a first-class or upper second-class Honours degree in Music, or an equivalent qualification. Your qualification should comprise a substantial practical/creative element relevant to the selected MMus pathway and option choices.
Recipient: Goldsmiths, University of London
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