The School of Music at Cardiff University is one of the most vibrant in the UK. It is home to about 240 undergraduate and 40 postgraduate students, 17 full-time and almost as many part-time academic staff, five academic support staff, and a large number of part-time tutors, many of whom are members of the BBC National Orchestral of Wales or Welsh National Opera.
The School has a high reputation, monitored by external examiners and assessors, for the quality of its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In the most recent National Student Survey, we were awarded 97 for teaching and 92 for overall student satisfaction.
The School of Music is also noted for the international significance of its research (70% of its research was judged to be either "internationally excellent" or "world-leading" in the last Research Assessment Exercise).
Music has a long-established history at the University, being one of the original departments when the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire (as Cardiff University was then known) opened its doors in 1883. Indeed, we’re proud to have one of the longest traditions in the UK (after Oxford and Cambridge) of offering opportunities to study music.
Many distinguished musicians - students, staff and visitors - have participated in its developing history and helped contribute to the School of Music's local, national and international profile.
What we offer
The School's aim is simple: to provide a stimulating and supportive environment where students and staff can flourish and work together in a wide range of musical scholarship, composition and performance.
Students may draw on areas of specialist expertise such as historical studies, popular culture, ethnomusicology, performance and performance practice, composition, analysis, music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, or British, French and Central European music.
There are also guest lectures, a full programme of concerts by visiting artists and by student orchestras, choirs, ensembles and soloists, and other events, such as masterclasses and composition workshops.
The academic and practical life of the School is enhanced by the excellent facilities offered within its own buildings. These facilities include the University Concert Hall, the extensive holdings of the Music Library, and the practice rooms, electronic studios and IT suites for student use. Postgraduates have their own dedicated suite of rooms. There are also Research Centres specialising in historically informed performance (CRHIP) and interdisciplinary approaches to opera studies (CIRO).
A cultural capital
Last, but not least, there is all that the cultural and social life of Cardiff itself offers (the School is just ten minutes' walk from the city centre). As one of only three cities in the UK with both a professional opera company and a professional orchestra, Cardiff is the ideal location for the study of Music.
The famous St. David's Hall (where the University Choir and Symphony Orchestra give their annual Spring Concert), New Theatre and Sherman Theatre are within easy walking distance, as are the brand-new St David’s 2 shopping centre, numerous restaurants, bars and cinemas.
Further out there is the adventurous Chapter Arts Centre and the rejuvenated Cardiff Bay, the site of the Welsh Assembly and the world-class Wales Millennium Centre, home to Welsh National Opera.
Who we are and what we do