What our students say:
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my postgraduate studies at Cardiff University.
The School of Music is a vibrant department; the enthusiasm and expertise of staff is excellent and their research interests diverse.
The opportunity to work with several different lecturers throughout the year and to engage with other research disciplines, such as Ethnomusicology, was a particular highlight.
I valued the fact that staff consistently sought to encourage my own interests as well as enthusing about their own."
Mark Sambell, MA
"I was initially attracted to Cardiff by the range of interesting options offered by the MA in Musicology programme. I found the School so friendly and supportive, and had developed such a good working relationship with my then MA and future doctoral dissertation supervisor, Dr Caroline Rae, that I decided to remain there to do my PhD."
Laura Hamer, MA and PhD
"I completed my masters degree at Cardiff and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. Therefore, it seemed right to continue my studies at the same institution. I had developed a good working relationship with my supervisor during my MA and also knew that the University's facilities and support are very commendable.
The academics working here are all world leaders in their respective areas and the wealth and variety of expertise available is a very attractive feature for prospective students."
Matthew Machin, MA and PhD
"Cardiff University School of Music does have exceptionally good workshop provision for student composers, working with visiting ensembles. There are some great minds here that will challenge you in a largely positive way, which in turn will teach you to believe in the validity of your ideas. Cardiff itself is a wonderful city - the sea and beautiful countryside (as well as some great bars) are very close by to provide that necessary downtime, and it is a burgeoning cultural centre.”
Max Charles Davies, MMus and PhD
"In my opinion the School of Music is the best and most exciting place to pursue PhD study. Why? Because the School is research driven and its academic staff are internationally renowned in their fields. Their books and articles enjoy an excellent international reputation for their new and challenging ideas, which are developing and defining the discipline. Moreover, the School promotes intellectual curiosity, creativity and independent critical thinking, and its environment is very vibrant, dynamic and stimulating for research students."
Magdalena Kostka, PhD
"The School of Music offers a unique balance between performance, composition and academia. Music at Cardiff has provided me with inspiration and guidance to lead into a musical career and I would thoroughly recommend Cardiff for its musical opportunities, excellent teaching and the rather special community dynamic it offers."
Gavin Allsop, MA