We have been rated as the top UK music department for four years running in The Complete University Guide (2018-2021) and for three of the past four years in The Sunday Times Good University Guide Table (2018, 2019 and 2021). We also ranked first in the Guardian University League Table in 2019 and 2021, and appeared in the top three in the Research Excellence Framework 2014.
Durham University's Music 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.
- Durham ranked first for Music in Complete University Guide, Times Good University Guide and Guardian League Table
- New video of a piece by Dr. Egan
- Music graduate Will Dryland wins Benslow Music Young Composers Competition
- Zoom in on Masters online events by Fondazione Cini
- Music Department #1 in the UK again!
- Dr Kelly Jakubowski's music and memory research featured in DU podcast
- Dr Katherine Hambridge in two short films for Royal Northern Sinfonia
- Dr Erin Johnson-Williams joins the department as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
- World première 'Amérique du Sud' by Richard RIJNVOS
- Athena SWAN Bronze Award application submitted
Department research events, plus our professional and student concert series.
Also check What's On for wider university music listings.
Highest-ever global ranking in Arts & Humanities
The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by Subject 2021 place Durham University 19th among the world’s leading universities.