The University of Southampton
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Who we are

We are among the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK. Our innovative and eclectic curriculum and vibrant research culture create a flourishing environment for studies in performance, composition and musical scholarship of all kinds.

From medieval polyphony to global hip-hop, from formal analysis to feminist musicology, and in composition in all its forms, Music at Southampton is at the leading edge of research and practice worldwide. Composition, performance, music technology and music therapy are taught by active practitioners of international standing, and our musicologists are in demand as experts and authors by performers, record companies and publishers.

Flexible programmes

We are one of the largest and most diverse music departments in the UK. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses have a high degree of flexibility while retaining a solid grounding in basic skills. We promote links between academic study and musical practices of all sorts. A music degree from Southampton prepares you for a variety of careers both within and outside of music: our alumni are successful in broadcasting, performance, education, academia, music therapy, composition, commercial music and information technology, among many other fields.


We ensure students experience professional settings for performance and other work, providing access to, for example, the Turner Sims Concert Hall, a state of the art recently refurbished music technology suite, and a large collection of early and modern keyboards and other instruments. Music mounts a lively series of student and professional lunchtime concerts at Turner Sims and an array of special performance projects. The Students' Union sponsors a range of student performing groups including orchestras, vocal groups, jazz bands and music theatre productions. Our students are also active in community outreach, and there is also a Choral Scholars group, Cantores Michaelis.

High-quality research

Southampton has a vibrant research culture that supports international-level scholarship across a broad spectrum of topics. Southampton was ranked top department in the United Kingdom for music research in the 2014 Research Exellence Framework, with a GPA of 3.55.

Our university

The University of Southampton is one of the top 15 UK research universities.    

Our staff

Our staff are internationally renowned scholars, performers, composers and practitioners.    

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World leading research

Internationally renowned scholarship and creativity in musicology, performance and composition.

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