The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) is based at the heart of Newcastle University's campus, with purpose-built high-specification studios and rehearsal spaces reserved exclusively for use by Music students. We provide students, from undergraduate level through to PhD, with a first-class education in music, across musicology, performance and composition. As one of the largest music departments in the country, we offer extensive performance opportunities for our students. Our vibrant community of scholars and practitioners research, compose and perform a broad musical repertoire - covering classical to contemporary, jazz to folk, and everything in between. We have strong links across the region with key venues and institutions including the SAGE Gateshead, home of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Folkworks, the Samling Academy and Opera North.

Studying music at Newcastle University has been the most surreal experience for me. I felt instantly welcomed into a family of musicians who simply love what they do, and for the first time in my academic life, I felt the freedom to express myself.

Megan, Contemporary and Popular Music student

News, views and events

This season, ICMuS Head of Performance Larry Zazzo made his debut at the Vienna State Opera in Brittens' A Midsummer Night's Dream.
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Lunchtime Music Concert Series in the King’s Hall.
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Press Release on the achievements of our Music Enterprise students
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ICMuS UG Finalist Jake Burtenshaw wins Canadian composition prize
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Magnus Williamson plays the new Bernard Aubertin organ in King’s Hall.
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Our students have rated us 7th in the UK for overall student experience, and 4th in the UK for social life (The Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2018).