School of Arts and Cultures

Our Research

Our Research

Our rich research environment is informed by our open approach to a diverse range of music.

One of our students playing a piano.

Research lies at the heart of the International Centre for Music Studies. It underpins the work of our staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students.

Our research takes effect through many forms, including:

  • books and journal articles
  • compositions
  • performances and improvisations
  • exhibitions and installations
  • conference presentations
  • public, industry and policy engagement

Academic and practice-based research are equally important to us. The richness of our research culture comes from our openness to all forms of music and many ways of approaching it, and a willingness to take risks.

More in-depth information about our research can be viewed on our ICMuS (International Centre for Music Studies) research pages.

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Some music we've studied as part of our research.

Research Excellence Framework

In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 95% of all our research was deemed either:

  • internationally recognised
  • internationally excellent
  • world leading

80% of all our research was marked in the highest two categories. In the 2014 REF exercise, we maintained this share.