Goldsmiths’ Department of Music has a lively and varied research base, large postgraduate community, active performing tradition, and offers proximity to London’s resources- http://www.gold.ac.uk/pg/mphil-phd-music/
Staff research interests are correspondingly diverse and wide-ranging, and we offer research supervision in any of these areas of specialism.
Our MPhil pathways
You can register for any one of the following:
-Written thesis of up to 60,000 words. We offer supervision in many areas of music studies.
-Composition. Examined by portfolio of compositions, together with a 12,000 word commentary.
-Performance. Examined by a full-length recital, together with a related 30,000-word thesis.
-Sonic Arts: Examined by portfolio of practice, and a 20,000-30,000 word commentary. Portfolios may include recordings, documentation of installation work, or other sonic arts work.
-Practice-Based Research in Music: Examined by portfolio of practice, and a 30,000-60,000 word written element. Portfolios may include recordings of composition; documentation of performance; ethnographic film; web-based and digital humanities projects; documentation of installation; other practice-based research.
You are assigned members of staff qualified to supervise your research throughout your period of registration. Supervision involves regular meetings throughout the period of study, and involves the development of an intensive intellectual relationship between you and your supervisor.
You have access to Goldsmiths’ Graduate School, containing an open-access computer room, a student common room and seminar room for use by postgraduate research students.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Dr Barley Norton.
You can study full-time or part-time. The programme normally begins in September, but applications for entry in January and April may be considered.
Supervision is available in any of the areas of specialism outlined above or covered by staff research interests.
Research students are strongly encouraged to contribute to the Department’s research culture. You will have regular opportunities to present papers at seminars and conferences.
Composers can have pieces performed or recorded by Goldsmiths ensembles, including the Sinfonia, or by the Ensembles-in-Residence.
Performers are encouraged to take part in departmental concerts, and may audition for concerto appearances.
Registration and study
Initially, you register for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme to train you in the research methods you will need to complete a PhD. You can optionally apply to transfer to PhD registration when you have satisfactorily completed an agreed part of the research and training programme; this usually happens after approximately 18 months if you are studying full-time, or before 36 months if part-time.
If you decide not to upgrade to PhD registration, you can submit your thesis for an MPhil after two years if you are studying full-time, or after three years if part-time. With the agreement of your supervisor, you can change your registration from full to part-time or vice versa.
North American applicants especially should note that the British system does not include preparatory taught classes or examinations as part of the MPhil programme, except for an initial course in research methods.
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You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a high pass in a taught Masters degree. In exceptional circumstances we will also consider applicants with an undergraduate degree and professional experience equivalent to a Masters degree. IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.5 in the written test and no individual test lower than 6.0).