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graduatesIn numbers

We are home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students, 17 full-time and almost as many part-time academic staff, five academic support staff, and a large number of part-time tutors, many of whom are members of the BBC National Orchestral of Wales or Welsh National Opera.

Gareth HansfordEarly days

Music has a long-established history at the University, being one of the original departments when the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (as Cardiff University was then known) opened its doors in 1883.  Indeed, we’re proud to have one of the longest traditions in the UK (after Oxford and Cambridge) of offering opportunities to study music.

Many distinguished musicians - students, staff and visitors - have participated in its developing history and helped contribute to the School of Music's local, national and international profile.

What we offer

The School's aim is simple: to provide a stimulating and supportive environment where students and staff can flourish and work together in a wide range of musical scholarship, composition and performance.

Students may draw on areas of expertise such as popular culture, ethnomusicology, performance and performance practice, composition, analysis, and music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

There are also guest lectures, a full programme of concerts by visiting artists and by student orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists, and other events, such as masterclasses and composition workshops.

Our facilities

The academic and practical life of the School is enhanced by facilities including the University Concert Hall, the extensive holdings of the Music Library, and the practice rooms, electronic studios and IT suites for student use. Postgraduates have their own dedicated suite of rooms.

A cultural capital

Last, but not least, there is all that the cultural and social life of Cardiff itself offers (the School is just ten minutes' walk from the city centre). As one of only three cities in the UK with both a professional opera company and a professional orchestra, Cardiff is a great location for the study of Music.

The famous St. David's Hall (where the University Choir and Symphony Orchestra give their annual Spring Concert), New Theatre and Sherman Theatre are within easy walking distance, as are the brand-new St David’s 2 shopping centre, numerous restaurants, bars and cinemas.

Further out there is the adventurous Chapter Arts Centre and the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay, the site of the Welsh Assembly and the Wales Millennium Centre, home to Welsh National Opera.


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