School of Arts and Cultures

Why Newcastle?

Study Music at Newcastle

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

Our degree programmes enable students to encounter a broad range of approaches to music in an intellectually-challenging, enthusiastic and open-minded learning and research environment. As one of the UK’s largest Music departments our teaching and research covers a varied range of musical repertoires, spanning from the Middle Ages to the present day, and traversing art, popular and folk music traditions from around the world.

Performance is an integral element of all our degree programmes. We have over a hundred experienced professional instrumental and vocal tutors, many of whom are leading classical, folk, jazz and popular musicians (including members of the internationally-acclaimed Royal Northern Sinfonia). Students also benefit from our weekly professional concert series and public student performances in the King’s Hall.

You will join a vibrant community of musicians, scholars and practitioners and, if you are interested in performance, you will be able to perform in an array of staff- and student-led ensembles, ranging from the University Symphony Orchestra and New Vocal Ensemble through to chamber groups, pop and rock bands, salsa bands and period instrument ensembles.


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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). In 2017 Newcastle University was awarded Gold, the highest award available, in the Teaching Excellent Framework (TEF).

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We are a leading research centre, with an international team of specialists working in the fields of analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, folk and traditional music, improvisation, music history, performance and popular music studies.

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).

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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

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Career Training and Employability

As well as academic excellence, we cultivate the highest professional and intellectual skills, preparing our graduates to succeed in whichever careers they choose.  With professional development in mind, we offer 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). Our students also have the support of our excellent careers service.