Welcome to Durham University's Department of Music, one of the leading centres in the UK for the study of Music.
We are rated as the top UK music department in the Complete University Guide 2018, and consistently appear in the top three across other leading rankings (including #1 The Sunday Times University League Table 2017, #3 Research Excellence Framework 2014).
The Department has internationally recognised research expertise in a wide variety of topics including musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology.
We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching that will assist our students to achieve their full potential as thinking, creative musicians and scholars. Our undergraduate programme mixes foundational courses with a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills and increasing choice and flexibility as you progress. Our postgraduate programme offers opportunities for higher-level study with world-leading researchers.
Durham enjoys a rich musical life: the University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles, and the Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World.
The Music Department is located within the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site comprising the magnificent 11th century Cathedral and Castle. We have a distinguished tradition of scholarship stretching back to the nineteenth century, but we pride ourselves on remaining a dynamic centre of creative and intellectual innovation.
- Details released of department’s Research Forum guest lecture series 2017-18
- New vacancy: Assistant Professor in Music Psychology and Musicology
- Dr Patrick Zuk co-edits new volume appraising research on Russian music since 1917
- Department achieves 94.44% satisfaction rate in National Student Survey
- Composition student wins two awards at international competition
- Durham research featured at major music psychology conference
- 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' in Leicester
- Prof Julian Horton volume nominated for American Musicological Society prize
- Competition success and new appointment for department students
- Department Music & Science research featured in recent podcast and blog
Tuesday 24 October 2017
- Research Forum: Matthew Riley (Birmingham) 2:00pm, Lecture Room
Tuesday 31 October 2017
- Research Forum: Caroline Bithell (Manchester) 2:00pm, Lecture Room
Tuesday 14 November 2017
- Research Forum: Pamela Heaton (Goldsmiths) 2:00pm, Lecture Room
Tuesday 5 December 2017
- Research Forum: George Kennaway (Leeds) 2:00pm, Lecture Room
Durham in World Top 30 for Arts and Humanities
Durham University has been recognised as a global leader in Arts and Humanities in a prestigious international league table.
The official account of Durham University's Music Department
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- RT @GemArtsuk: Today we're at @durham_uni Discussing our wonderful #Khyal Music&Imagination project, currently on show in Leiceste…
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- Our guest lecture programme 17-18 highlights incl @GeorgeKennaway, @Ludomusicology's Tim Summers, @howardskempton1:… https://t.co/iwmnna6JyY
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