Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Music

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The School of Music at the University of Leeds is one of the largest and most diverse academic music departments in the country. Leeds is a research-intensive Russell Group University and it aims to develop exceptional graduates who will make a major impact upon global society. In Music we have an outstanding reputation for research, and the School brings together internationally recognised scholars, performers, and composers. The School has four undergraduate programmes, six taught masters programmes and a dynamic academic community which includes one of the largest postgraduate research contingents in the country, as well as welcoming many visiting performers, composers, and musicologists (for instance through our substantial concert and research seminar series). Our musical interests are outstandingly diverse: staff members work in critical and historical musicology, popular music, music psychology, composition, performance, areas of ethnomusicology, and music technology, focussing on music from the sixteenth century to the present day, from a global perspective. As a student at Leeds you can expect to study Monteverdi to Lady Gaga, gamelan to Patti Smith.

Our research informs our teaching at all levels: we work from the firm conviction that student experience is enhanced by intense exposure to the most current ideas and innovation in musical scholarship and practice. Our provision has been consistently praised both for its quality and for its range. We are committed to traditional face-to-face teaching in lectures, seminars, and tutorials, supported by first-class resources and the latest learning technologies. Students have regular one-to-one contact with staff members through our personal tutoring scheme and, most significantly for many of our graduates, through the final-year dissertation. This major piece of work encourages students to engage with active research in the discipline, with individual projects and concerns pursued with the close support of expert academic staff.

The School has a very active performance life, including but not limited to the free lunchtime concert series. The spectacular Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall is just one of many venues where leading international artists from many genres and styles perform. The School and University collaborate with a range of prestigious arts organisations: we host BBC Radio 3 concerts and the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition as well as enjoying a close partnership with Opera North.

The School is located near the heart of the campus, very close to the University’s three major academic libraries and only a few minutes’ walk from the city libraries, galleries and concert venues. There are many student residences on or close to campus and Leeds University Union is nearby, in the centre of the campus.

There are Undergraduate Programmes in:

BA Music

BA Music with Enterprise

BMus Music (Performance)

MArts, BA Music and Music Psychology

and a Graduate Diploma in Music

There are Postgraduate Taught Programmes in:

MA Music and Management

MA Applied Psychology of Music

MMus Critical & Experimental Composition

MA Critical & Applied Musicology

MA Electronic and Computer Music

MMus Performance

Additionally, there are a number of Research Postgraduate Programmes

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