Research in the School of Music             

Our research active staff members follow a wide range of research interests in musicology, composition and performance.  In the last RAE (2014), almost a third of our research outputs were rated as 'World-leading', and overall 81% of our research activity was assessed as 'World-leading' or 'Internationally Excellent' (i.e. given the top two grades of 3* and 4*).

Research Strengths/Specialisms

At the School of Music, our staff conduct research and provide PhD supervision in MusicologyCompositionPerformance and Health and Well-Being. Within these broad designations, we have key strengths in:

  • Early Music;
  • 20th and 21st century Music;
  • Music Editing;
  • Welsh Music;
  • Acousmatic and Electroacoustic Composition;
  • Film Music;
  • Sonic Arts;
  • Contemporary Performance; and
  • Interactive Performance with Electronics.

Most staff members are active in more than one field and often engage with research projects with colleagues working in other disciplines. You can find further information about our current sponsored projects here.

Research Events

Our thriving research culture of interdisciplinarity and collaboration extends to our research postgraduates, who are closely involved in the activities of the respective areas, presenting or publishing papers and collaborating with research projects. Research and exchange of ideas are underpinned by the bi-weekly series of Research Seminars and Research Snapshots (Tuesdays at 5.15pm), which brings together the expertise of our own researchers (including research postgraduates) and that of outside speakers. These seminars are open to all students and to members of the public (free of charge). The School of Music is also a regular contributor to the research seminar series of IMEMS and contributes extensively to the research activity of Pontio.