About the Department of Music
The Department of Music provides an inspiring environment for the study of music in the beautiful Victoria Rooms, with a wide range of courses and study options on offer.
Our friendly atmosphere reflects a close-knit community of staff and students working together. Students benefit from individual tutorials as well as small-group teaching, seminars and lectures, delivered by expert staff, all of whom are practising musicians or composers.
We have been rated the sixth best music department in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2021, with the highest student satisfaction (course and teaching) in the top six. We have also been rated sixth by The Times Good University Guide 2021. Our National Student Survey results for 2020 show how highly our students rate our undergraduate courses (92% overall satisfaction).
We have an active research profile with a number of specialist fields, including composition; music, politics and society (especially the nineteenth and twentieth centuries); music and intermediality (including popular music, opera, film, medieval music); music as performance.
We offer a plethora of performance opportunities in more than 20 department- and student-led ensembles, as well as masterclasses, workshops and an extensive programme of student and professional performances.