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BMus (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
BMus (Hons) 4 years part-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120-128

% applicants receiving offers

69%

Subjects
  • Computer science
  • Music
Student score
62% LOW
72% MED
% employed or in further study
95% MED
100% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£25k MED
£14.3k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB-ABB

Scottish Highers
BBBBC-ABBBC

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBC-ABC

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

69%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Music Computing is a creative discipline that combines performance, composition, musicology, design, psychoacoustics, digital signal processing, and computer science. You will learn to create your own music software rather than using pre-made products, to further your artistic goals and to help pioneer the future of electronic music and digital audio production. At Goldsmiths, Music Computing is an interdisciplinary programme offered between the Music and Computing departments. After your first year, you can choose to pursue a more technical or artistic path of study, leading to either a Bachelor of Science (BSc) or a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree. Sound engineering, music production and studio techniques are not the primary focus of Music Computing, and applicants wishing to study these subjects are advised to apply elsewhere. Music computing is a rapidly evolving, innovative subject, and the degree is designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in the culture industries, in music technology and in audio, music and media-related computing. You'll develop understanding across the broad fields of computer science, creative practice and musical research. You'll study with a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers, writers, and computing experts. 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 be within easy reach of central London's many venues, concert halls, opera houses and research libraries, providing a great international focus. 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 â?? sometimes without you noticing!

Modules

Year 1 core courses: Approaches to contemporary music; creative audio-visual computing; creative music technology; data representations and architecture modelling; introduction to programming; music computing 1. options (one of the following) analytical and contextual studies; popular music: history, style, technique; tonal harmony and form; western art music: repertoire and development. Year 2 core courses: Music computing 2; perception and multi-media computing; principles and application of programming part 1. Options (3 of the following) arranging: jazz and commercial music; composition: creative strategies; language of jazz; media composition; music aesthetics; music and modernism; music and postmodernism; music of Africa and Asia; music in film; music, communication and identity; musical style and historical culture; music, technology and production; musicians, commerce and commodification; orchestration; romanticism and musical structures; studio composition; studio techniques; principles and application of programming part 2; Year 3 core course: Music computing major project. Options (choose any 4 from Groups A and/or B).R = Recommended (not compulsory) Group A: algorithm design and analysis (r); artificial intelligence (r); computer security; data compression; data mining (r); decision support systems; e-commerce; enterprise networking; introduction to mathematical modelling in management; language, design and implementation; logic programming (r); neural networks (r); physical computing (r); the semantic web; user interface design; website design, implementation and management. Group B: aesthetics of performance; analysis and new music; improvisation; minimalism and postminimalism; Mozartâ??s operas: sources and documents; narrative, representation and the popular song; performing southeast Asian music; phonography; psychological approaches to music; Soviet music and beyond; topics in African American music.

Goldsmiths, University of London

Exterior shot of University

At Goldsmiths we offer undergraduate opportunities in subjects covering the arts and humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, and entrepreneurial business and management. Goldsmiths is located in New Cross, south-east London. Vibrant, urban and with great transport connections to Central London, it's an ideal base for experiencing and enjoying the capital.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
22%
78%

Year 1

22%
78%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
28%
63%
9%

Year 1

30%
70%

Year 2

20%
80%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 63%
Student score 62% LOW
Able to access IT resources

81%

Staff made the subject interesting

67%

Library resources are satisfactory

77%

Feedback on work has been helpful

45%

Feedback on work has been prompt

34%

Staff are good at explaining things

82%

Received sufficient advice and support

61%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
21% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
9% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
313 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
17% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £25k MED
Graduates who are information technology technicians

9%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

36%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade – unemployment rates for graduates with good grades can be half those of graduates with slightly poorer degree classes. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 75%
Student score 72% MED
Able to access IT resources

88%

Staff made the subject interesting

84%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

67%

Feedback on work has been prompt

39%

Staff are good at explaining things

81%

Received sufficient advice and support

69%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
25% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
45% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
18% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
367 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
94% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
15% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 100% HIGH
Average graduate salary £14.3k LOW
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

29%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

13%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

11%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Music is a popular degree subject and a little over 4,600 degrees were awarded to UK graduates in 2012. 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. Because a lot of musician work is temporary or freelance, the most common way for new graduates to get jobs in music is through their own contacts, so learning how to make good use of networks and contacts might help in your career.
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