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Goldsmiths, University of London

Popular Music

UCAS Code: W340

Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - BMus (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:30

Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

33

With three Higher Level subjects at 655

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,C

Scottish Higher

B,B,B,B,C

UCAS Tariff

120-136

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23%
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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Part-time | 2020

Subject

Music

From mainstream to underground, this degree embraces popular music in its many forms: rock, pop, folk, urban, jazz, experimental and commercial. We've even helped to set up our own independent record label, NX Records, to promote our students' work.

**Why study BMus Popular Music at Goldsmiths?**
- At the heart of the degree is the study of creative practice, with many opportunities to expand your skills, whether it's playing in bands or writing/performing music for film, theatre or multimedia.

- The programme is designed to support professional development, and we ensure graduates leave us not only with a wealth of experience and transferable skills, but also a professional portfolio to showcase their work.

- Our record label, NX Records, is a collaboration between the programme and Accidental Records, with the aim of promoting Goldsmiths students' work on an international stage

- We're one of the largest university music departments in the UK, so you'll have access to a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers and writers – their diversity of expertise makes this one of the most exciting undergraduate music degrees in the UK.

- There are professional and student-led recitals, concerts, workshops and other music events taking place every week, with opportunities to perform at Goldsmiths and in public venues.

- You'll have the opportunity to perform at our annual music festival PureGold, which celebrates the music created and performed at Goldsmiths.

- You'll be within easy reach of central London's many venues, concert halls, opera houses and research libraries, providing a great international focus.

- We have strong links with the music industry and have frequent high-profile speakers and performers at our lectures, masterclasses and workshops: recent sessions have included pioneering musician and producer, Matthew Herbert, MOBO-winning saxophonist and composer Soweto Kinch, vocal coaches Carrie and David Grant, The Invisible (nominated for the Mercury Music Prize 2009 & itunes Album of the Year 2009), session bass player Yolanda Charles, singer-songwriter Eska (Zero 7, Cinematic Orchestra, Ty), studio arranger Audrey Riley (Coldplay, Manic Street Preachers, Smashing Pumpkins), video and sound artist Vicki Bennett (AKA People Like Us), songwriter Darren Hayman, and producer and performance poet Charlie Dark (Attica Blues, Blacktronica).

- Employers look for initiative-driven graduates who think critically about their actions, work well with others and adapt quickly to new ideas. This degree will help you develop these skills – sometimes without you noticing!

Please note the BMus Popular Music only accepts applications for first year entry and does not accept applications for deferred entry.

Modules

Academically you'll be encouraged to ask questions on how popular music has affected our cultures, identities and lives. In your final year you can choose to follow your own practical or academic interests. For example, you have the opportunity to undertake your own creative or research projects supported by tutors. In the final year, creative work is showcased wherever possible in venues outside Goldsmiths. Our degree offers a great range of options so you can select your own coherent programme of study and focus upon the areas of greatest interest and strength for you. Your academic progress is supported by personal tutor meetings that help you navigate through the degree and prepare for a graduate career.

Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment methods

There are also many forms of assessment. Typically, during one term’s study you might research and write two substantial essays, rehearse for a solo recital, improvisation or group performance and produce a new composition or creative project that is notated, studio-based or multimedia.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Goldsmiths, University of London

Department:

Music

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
Music

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
46%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
56%
Male students
44%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Music

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
61%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

32%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2015. Most were working after six months — but postgraduate study (usually continuing with music) is quite common and a lot of graduates go into music teaching, often as freelance or travelling music teachers of particular instruments. Obviously, many music graduates get work as musicians as well, or work as sound recordists and in similar technical roles. Music is important in advertising and so a lot of graduates go into this industry, and management is also a popular job role for music graduates. There's also a niche for music graduates wanting to work in IT and computing, particularly with web applications. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs as musicians is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Music

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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