Welcome to Durham University's Department of Music, one of the leading centres in the UK for the study of music.
We have been rated as the top UK music department for two years running in both The Complete University Guide (2018 and 2019) and The Sunday Times University League Table (2017 and 2018), and appear in the top three in the 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.
- Department tops Complete University Guide table
- Dr Simon Mills gives guest lectures in Barcelona
- Prof Jeremy Dibble lectures at Anglican Musicians Conference
- Alumni news: David Lewis in competition final
- Venice visual ethnomusicology workshop with dept. expertise
- Hear department’s Music & Science Lab on BBC R3
- Reitz film retrospective features Rijnvos score remake
- Music of Parry to be celebrated during royal visit
- Khyal: Music and Imagination exhibition opens in Durham
- Katherine Hambridge gives BFE/RMA conference keynote
Department research events, plus our professional and student concert series.
Also check What's On for wider university music listings.
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
- RT @sound_symposium: For any @sound_symposium French speakers, get excited for Aurélia Lassaque’s performance @durham_uni, 3-4 September, w…
Tweeted 23 hours ago
- RT @sound_symposium: Dr. Edward Allen will be giving a keynote talk @sound_symposium. Read more about his research on literature and the te…
Tweeted 2 days ago
- RT @dumuseums: This Saturday, 19th May 12.30 - 4.30pm you can book onto our FREE 'Khyal: Music and Imagination' Art Workshop with artist Th…
Tweeted 5 days ago
- RT @sound_symposium: Symposium of Sound is an interdisciplinary conference taking place @durham_uni, ft. keynote talks by @HelenAbbott1 and…
Tweeted 5 days ago