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Research

Student playing the piano

We are a creative and comprehensive centre of musical research excellence, in composition, ethnomusicology, film and screen music studies, musicology and performance.

We were proud to be ranked 2nd among UK university music departments for the quality of our research environment, and 8th for overall research excellence, in the UK government's last assessment of research (REF 2014).

We combine acknowledged research expertise with a commitment to share our research with the widest possible audience by shaping public discussion, taking a lead in academic debate, and playing a defined role in the cultural life of a capital city.

Strategic collaborations with international organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, and National Museum Wales, allow us to make extensive contributions to the world of music, both within and beyond academia.

A holistic approach

Our holistic approach helps our researchers to work together across conventional disciplinary boundaries.

In addition to reflecting the diversity of the discipline, with specialist knowledge on topics as varied as eighteenth-century aesthetics, cinematic listening and Romantic piano, our research centres around four key strands.

Our School is proud to have a thriving postgraduate community, which takes an active role in shaping our research environment.

Postgraduate students give invited papers at our annual postgraduate study day, attend postgraduate forum meetings and attend invited talks in our John Bird guest lecture series.

Ultimately, our work derives from a shared love of music. Through publications, outreach and public engagement activities, we fire imaginations and illuminate practice.