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Department of Music


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  • Musical life

    Musical life

Welcome to the Department of Music

At Durham, we strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching in a friendly and supportive environment. Our undergraduate programme mixes foundational courses with a strong emphasis on developing independent research skills and widening choice and flexibility as you progress. Our postgraduate programme offer opportunities for higher-level study with world-leading researchers. 

The Department has world-class research expertise in musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology. Staff specialisms include renaissance music, the nineteenth-century symphony, theories of form, music in nineteenth-century Britain, Russian music, music and emotion, Korean sacred music and Indian classical music. The Department is located in a beautiful seventeenth-century building in Durham’s UNESCO World Heritage Site; we also have purpose-built practise facilities, up-to-date technological resources, and unique studio facilities for composition and audio-visual documentation.

Durham also enjoys a rich and vibrant musical life. The University boasts numerous choirs, orchestras, opera, jazz and early-music ensembles. The Department runs its own annual concert series, which attracts soloists from around the World. We also have a resident contemporary music group, Korean and African drumming groups, and a Javanese Gamelan.

Professor Julian Horton
Head of Department

The Music Department will be hosting a Music Teachers' Conference on 5 and 6 April 2014. Please see: for more information.


Making a difference

Durham students, Enya Doyle (Music, Trevelyan College) and Lauren Sloan (Law, Josephine Butler College), become the first ever recipients of national peace awards in recognition of their contribution to peace in Northern Ireland.

AHRC Funding

AHRC Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership (NBDTP) for PhD and Masters funding. Up to 50 fully-supported studentships with integrated specialised training opportunities. These can include the possibility of working with strategic partners outside the university sector.

Click here... for other Faculty research funding opportunities for Masters and Doctoral study

Download the 2014Northern Bridge Application/Nomination form here...
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