The Department of Music in Durham is one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain, part of a long-established collegiate university and situated in an unparalleled setting adjacent to the famous Cathedral. It combines the rigour of a traditional musical training with an involvement in contemporary critical discourses about music and its cultural context. The high quality and standards of our music degrees were confirmed by the Quality Assurance Agency (the University equivalent of OFSTED) in March 2004 as part of a major audit of the University’s teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
This Department has an international reputation and a wide range of research strengths, including modern and historical ethnomusicology; historical musicology (late medieval music, Haydn and Beethoven studies, British and Irish music of the eighteenth to twentieth centuries); analysis and semiotics of music; Adorno, critical theory and aesthetics (especially German and British music aesthetics from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries); sociology of music; popular music and theories of mass culture; composition; electroacoustic music and music technology.
Composition MA students are required to take two core modules (Research Methods and Resources and Compositional Techniques), submit a composition portfolio and choose a further elective module.