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. 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. 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). Applications for deferred entry are not accepted for BMus Popular Music.