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Who we are

We are among the liveliest music departments in the UK. Our innovative curriculum and vibrant research culture create a nurturing environment for studies in performance, composition, technology and scholarship ranging from music of the British empire to queer music theory; from Mexican hip hop to Italian opera; and art music, jazz and pop composition and performance. Our students are taught by active practitioners of international standing, and our musicologists are in demand as experts and authors by performers, record companies and publishers.


We perform and host concerts and symposiums with leading experts and practitioners on campus and across the city. We are home to a leading concert hall, Turner Sims Concert Hall, a state-of-the-art-music technology suite, and a large collection of historical instruments; we mount a lively series of student and professional lunchtime concerts and special performance projects; and our students are involved in a range of societies and ensembles including orchestras, vocal groups, jazz bands and music theatre productions.


Southampton has a vibrant research culture that supports international-level scholarship. We were ranked top department in the United Kingdom for music research in the 2014 Research Excellence 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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