Skip to main content

Welcome to Music at Durham

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.

Find out more about us
2nd in UK Complete University University Guide 2023
1st Nationally Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019 and 2021
1st in Subject Guardian University Guide 2019, 2021 & 2022
6th in the UK for Research Output Quality in Music, Research Excellence Framework 2021

Study with us

  • Undergraduate Study

    Our expertise in this area impacts the lives of our students and many others, beyond Durham.

    TAPPUCINO by DIM and Buttered Toast live performance
  • Postgraduate Study

    The Music Department’s vibrant postgraduate research environment attracts high-calibre applicants from all over the world.

    /media/durham-university/departments-/music/81882.jpg

Undergraduate Study

Our expertise in this area impacts the lives of our students and many others, beyond Durham.

TAPPUCINO by DIM and Buttered Toast live performance

Postgraduate Study

The Music Department’s vibrant postgraduate research environment attracts high-calibre applicants from all over the world.

https://pxl-duracuk.terminalfour.net/fit-in/768x432/filters:format(webp)/prod01/prodbucket01/media/durham-university/departments-/music/81882.jpg

Work with us

The Department of Music is one of the very best UK Music Departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students.

Ranked #3 in REF2014, the Department of Music has internationally renowned research strengths in interdisciplinary research in musicology, theory and analysis, ethnomusicology, music psychology, performance, composition, and music technology.
See our recruitment pages for more opportunities
Chamber Choir masterclass with Owain Park

What's new?

Filter:

Austin Glatthorn’s monograph published by CUP

We are delighted to celebrate the publication of Dr Austin Glatthorn’s monograph, Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire. Now an Honorary Fellow, Austin completed the book with us at Durham during his time as British Academy Newton International Fellow, working with Dr Katherine Hambridge.
Austin Glatthorn’s new book 2022

Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music. Offered by the Azrieli Foundation, this is the most coveted title for composers in Canada.
2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Are rhythmic preferences shared across cultures?

New research led by Dr Kelly Jakubowski suggests that preferences for synchrony in groove-based music may be universal, whereas preferences for isochrony are more culturally dependent.
Are rhythmic preferences shared across cultures?

Music Department in the All-Steinway School

The Music Department is proud to announce that we are now part of the largest All-Steinway School in the nation.
Steinway D in the Music Department Concert Room

Professor Peter Manning

It is with great sadness that the Music Department shares the news of the death of Emeritus Professor Peter Manning.
Professor Peter Manning
  • “in One |1” by Eric Skytterholm Egan recorded

    “in One |1” (2015-19), written by Dr. Eric Skytterholm Egan was recently performed and recorded by world-leading guitarist Diego Castro Magas at the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile.
    in One | 1 by Eric Skytterholm Egan
  • Austin Glatthorn’s monograph published by CUP

    We are delighted to celebrate the publication of Dr Austin Glatthorn’s monograph, Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire. Now an Honorary Fellow, Austin completed the book with us at Durham during his time as British Academy Newton International Fellow, working with Dr Katherine Hambridge.
    Austin Glatthorn’s new book 2022
  • Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

    PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music. Offered by the Azrieli Foundation, this is the most coveted title for composers in Canada.
    2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Austin Glatthorn’s monograph published by CUP

We are delighted to celebrate the publication of Dr Austin Glatthorn’s monograph, Music Theatre and the Holy Roman Empire. Now an Honorary Fellow, Austin completed the book with us at Durham during his time as British Academy Newton International Fellow, working with Dr Katherine Hambridge.
Austin Glatthorn’s new book 2022

Durham student becomes Canadian Music Laureate

PhD Music student Rita Ueda has been awarded the prestigious title of 2022 Laureate for the Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music. Offered by the Azrieli Foundation, this is the most coveted title for composers in Canada.
2022 Canadian Music Laureate

Get in touch

We strive to provide innovative, research-led teaching that will assist our students to achieve their full potential as thinking, creative musicians and scholars.

Department of Music
Durham University
Palace Green
Durham
DH1 3RL
UK

Questions about studying here?

Check out our list of FAQs or submit an enquiry form.

Your Durham prospectus

Order your personalised prospectus and College guide here.