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Develop your specialist expertise in performance, composition or music studies in a vibrant musical community.

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Why study with us

Challenge yourself academically and musically while studying in our dynamic School of Music. Our degree offers excellent professional preparation, providing you with the tools you need to succeed after graduation.


Top 10 UK Music department

Ranked joint 7th overall for Music in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2019).


Work with professional musicians

Workshops, masterclasses and seminars are given by visiting composers, musicologists and performers.


Specialist pathways

Tailor your studies to your career aspirations, choosing from Performance, Composition or Music Studies.

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The School of Music

Our staff and students explain why the School of Music is such a great place to study.

Following the Music Studies pathway, I particularly enjoyed meeting with Performance and Composition students at our weekly Postgraduate Forum to discuss our personal areas of study. During my degree, I played with the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as in small ensembles, performing in locations including the University’s concert hall, St David’s Hall and Brangwyn Hall. There were also lots of great concerts to attend, both in the School and around the city. I particularly appreciated being able to attend the dress rehearsals of the Welsh National Opera for free.
Thomas Pitt MA Music

Learn more about us

Cardiff is a musical city

Cardiff is home to the Welsh National Opera, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and a major BBC production centre. The city has many live music venues, from the world-class Wales Millennium Centre to small, independent spots.

Research excellence

We are ranked 2nd among UK university music departments for the quality of our research environment (REF 2014).

Rigorous musical training within a lively and imaginative liberal arts environment

In our purpose-built building we have all the facilities you need to succeed in your studies. We have lecture theatres with modern lecture-capture technology, seminar rooms, more than 25 practice rooms, ensemble rooms, electro-acoustic studios and a 250-seat concert hall.

Postgraduate students have 24-hour access to our dedicated postgraduate suite, which includes computer rooms, a listening room, a common room and a kitchen.

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Funding your studies

Learn more about the scholarships, UK government support packages and student loans available to you.

Guaranteed accommodation

All postgraduate students arriving in September are guaranteed a single occupancy room.

Student support

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Next steps


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