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Welcome to The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS)

Folk Music student performing at the Sage Gateshead.

Welcome to the pages for the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS). ICMuS is one of the largest Music Departments in the UK, and our size enables us to offer a wide range of modules and topics at all levels of study.

We're consistently ranked as one of the best universities to study Music in the UK. We were ranked 5th in the UK in The Times Good University Guide 2013, and in the top 20 for Music in the 2015 Guardian University Guide.

80% of our research is classified as 'internationally excellent' or 'world-leading' in the last REF exercise. The excellence of our teaching has been recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council of England.

A guide to studying music at Newcastle.

Our degrees

We run four undergraduate degrees and a range of postgraduate degrees.

Our teaching covers a broad range of musical repertoires, including:

  • Classical music (Western art music)
  • Contemporary musics (art, jazz, avant-garde and popular)
  • Early music (1750)
  • Popular music from all over the world
  • Folk and traditional

And we cover these topics from a broad range of approaches, including:

  • Historical, cultural and critical musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition (notated, studio-based, improvised)
  • Performance

Our students benefit from our excellent range of facilities and teaching from our expert staff.

Our community

Our students belong to a vibrant community of musicians, scholars and practitioners. They are able to take part in a huge range of exciting activities, including:

We offer a wealth of opportunities to develop your musicality with leading professional performers and composers. Visitors have included Martin RoscoeFidelio Trio and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

International students and studying abroad

We welcome applications from international students and we currently have students working with us from all over the world, including China, Taiwan, India, other EU member states, The United States, Latin America and Japan.

We also offer options for our students to study abroad during their degree on the BMus with a year abroad , or as part of any of our research degrees for postgraduate students. 

 Download our extensive list of partner universities and organisations (PDF: 156 KB).