Our research outlook is both cosmopolitan and international with an active postgraduate community and a research centre with a focus on contemporary sound and composition practices. Our research identity is based around three overlapping areas:
- Ethnomusicology, particularly of the urban environment
- The interface between music and technology, notably in relation to music and other media
- The various relationships between musical scholarship and performance.
Our department has a status as an internationally pre-eminent centre of research excellence. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 placed us 1st in the UK for Music research rated as world-leading (4*) and internationally excellent (3*), with 98% assessed as having reached these standards.
Further international recognition has been achieved through a wide range of publications, performances, recordings, broadcasts and conference presentations, to which all members of Music staff have contributed.
Our innovative research centre SPARC (Sound Practice And Composition @ City) also hosts international visiting artists who lead research seminars, guest lectures, masterclasses, and performances.