Over 85% of research in the Department of Music has been judged to be ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This is the result of the national Research Excellence Framework exercise, which assessed research publications and the public impact of research carried out in all universities in the UK, 2008-2014.
For Research Outputs (e.g. published books, articles and compositions) the proportion of the Department's submission judged to be 'Internationally Excellent' was the joint second highest, with Oxford, of any multi-disciplinary submission in the country, and The Times Higher Education Supplement's league table for Outputs placed us at the top of the list of comparable Departments.
Our research community includes approximately ten staff and 45 research students, and we particularly welcome students from the EU and overseas.
Two important areas of our research are given additional focus by the activities of the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research (CEMPR)and the Centre for Composition and Associated Studies (COMPASS).
The Department’s research corresponds to the University’s major research theme ‘Heritage, Cultural Production and Interpretation’. Key themes within our research areas are:
Ranging from the medieval to the contemporary and across a number of European musical cultures.
Music in its Historical, Social and Cultural Contexts
Aesthetics and Music Theory