Why Study Music at Newcastle?

The Sage Gateshead - Newcastle upon Tyne

Ten Reasons to Study Music at ICMuS:

  • Consistently ranked as one of the best universities at which to study Music in the UK, including a ranking of 5th in the The Times Good University Guide 2013.
  • Learn from outstanding researchers in the fields of musicology, ethnomusicology, composition and performance: we were one of only four music departments in the UK to be awarded 5*A (the highest possible grade) in the 2001 Research Assessment Exercise, and in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise 95% of all our research was deemed internationally recognised, internationally excellent or world leading, with 80% of all research in the highest two categories. In the 2014 REF exercise, we maintained this share.
  • The excellence of our teaching has been recognised by HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council of England) in our designation as the lead institution in a collaborative Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning (2005-2010), one of only two music CETLs in the country.
  • Encounter a broad range of topics and approaches to music in an intellectually-challenging, enthusiastic and open-minded environment.
  • Join a rich and vibrant community of musicians, perform in an array of staff- and student-led ensembles, and enjoy our professional concert series and weekly public student performances in the King’s Hall.
  • Experience a wealth of opportunities to develop your musicality with leading professional performers and composers, recent vistors including pianist in residence Martin Roscoe, Fidelio Trio and Royal Northern Sinfonia.
  • Benefit from our state-of the-art facilities including our purpose-built 24/7 rehearsal and recording studios, the King’s Hall and Recital Room performance venues, and our specialist music software computer cluster.
  • Spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions including both universities and conservatoires.
  • Support your studies with our outstanding resources including full online access to over 100 music journals, The Grove Online, RILM, African American Song (online sound archive), American Song (online sound archive), Classical Music Library (online sound archive), The Folk Music Journal, FARNE: Folk Archive Resource North East, Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online and many more.
  • Develop skills for your future career through our modules in Music Enterprise and Teaching Music in Schools, alongside the service of our award-winning careers service.

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