School of Arts and Cultures

Why Newcastle?

Study Music at Newcastle

There are many reasons for choosing to study Music with us.

You will encounter a broad range of up-to-date topics and approaches to a broad range of repertories of music.

You will join our intellectually-challenging, enthusiastic and open-minded learning and research environment.

You will also join a large and vibrant community of musicians, scholars and practitioners and, if you are interested in performance, you wil, be able to perform  in an array of staff- and student-led ensembles.

As part of your study, you will experience a wealth of opportunities to develop as an academic and a musician with leading musicologists, professional performers and composers.

Visiting performers have included pianist Martin Roscoe, the Fidelio Trio and the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

You will also be able to enjoy our professional concert series and weekly public student performances in the King’s Hall.

Student playing violin

Teaching and learning

The excellence of our teaching has been recognised by the Higher Education Funding Council of England. We were the lead institution in a collaborative Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010).

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If you want to know more about our teaching on the PG degrees, follow these links


In the 2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) exercise, 80% of all our research was marked in the highest two categories (internationally excellent or world leading). More on our research

Facilities and Resources

Our facilities include:

  • 24/7 rehearsal and recording studios
  • the King’s Hall and Recital Room performance venues
  • specialist music software computer cluster

Spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions. Support your studies with our outstanding resources.

Career Training and Employability

In our UG and OG courses you can develop skills for your future career. We've modules in Music Enterprise and Teaching Music in Schools at undergraduate level and tailored research training for all Postgraduate Students (see our professional development opportunities).