Goldsmiths, University of London

Electronic Music, Computing and Technology Goldsmiths, University of London Degree level: Undergraduate


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Imagine being able to create your own tools for performance. Or develop your own instruments, interactive installations or reactive sound design. This interdisciplinary programme gives you that opportunity.

Why study BMus/BSc Electronic Music, Computing and Technology at Goldsmiths?

  • Alongside developing your own musical practice, you will learn to create custom software that can be used to further your artistic goals and to pioneer the future of electronic music. You'll learn electronic music composition, production and performance with software design and digital signal processing.

  • After your first year, you can choose to pursue a more technical or artistic path of study, leading to either a Bachelor of Music (BMus) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.

  • The degree is designed to meet the opportunities, challenges and intellectual demands presented by careers in the arts and creative industries, in music technology and in audio, music and media-related computing. You'll develop understanding across the broad fields of creative practice, computer science, and musical research.

  • You'll study with a wide range of academics, including internationally established composers, performers, writers, and computing experts. Most importantly, you will be able to participate in, and benefit from, two of the most dynamic and exciting departments - Music and Computing - that Goldsmiths has to offer.

Course details


This degree allows you to identify and develop your strengths and interests by choosing various specialist options in the Departments of Music and Computing.

In your first year you'll study the fundamentals of computer programming, contemporary music and music technology.

In your second year, you'll select from one of four possible pathways through the programme, which will determine the award of either BMus (Hons) or BSc (Hons):

Pathway 1 (BSc): 50:50 Music:Computing in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 2 (BSc): Computing focus in Year 2 and Computing Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 3 (BMus): 50:50 Music:Computing in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3 Pathway 4 (BMus): Music focus in Year 2 and Music Major Project in Year 3

In your third year, depending on your chosen pathway, you'll take one of these two core modules (this choice determines the name of the final award, either BMus or BSc):

Major Project: Music (60 credits) Major Project: Computing (60 credits)

You'll also select a total of 60 credits from an annually approved list of optional modules, which will vary depending on your pathway.

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

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work, solo recitals, improvisation and group performances.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject-specific modules
Scottish Higher BBBBC
GCSE/National 4/National 5 You should also normally have at least Grade B/Grade 6 at GCSE Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three HL subjects at 655
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC

An A-level, or equivalent, qualification in Music or Music Technology is preferred, although we also accept applicants without a formal qualification in music who can demonstrate relevant knowledge and experience.

Additional entry requirements


If you are selected for interview you'll be asked to present a portfolio of relevant recent work.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Goldsmiths, University of London
New Cross
SE14 6NW

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