Highfield / Highfield - Music


At Southampton you can make and study the music you care about and develop the skills you need to sound out your future.

You can specialise in areas such as performance, composition, music history and cultural studies, or study a broad range. Alongside your classes you will participate in high-profile performance projects and have the option to join some of our many performing groups and societies. Graduates go on to pursue careers in the music industry, education, music therapy and many other fields.

Music - taught courses

We are among the largest and liveliest music departments in the UK and were ranked first in the country in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).

Our innovative and eclectic curriculum and vibrant research culture create a flourishing environment for studies in performance, composition and musical scholarship of all kinds. Our research-intensive MMus offers a comprehensive range of options and features three pathways – Musicology (including critical theory, history and analysis), Composition, and Performance – leading to a final project, which may be a dissertation, recital or portfolio.

Music - research

Southampton is ranked as one of the top two universities for music in the UK, with an ‘excellent’ rating for teaching quality.

For those wishing to go on to a doctoral programme, Music offers excellent research facilities and expert supervision in a wide variety of subjects; our range of staff expertise is among the broadest in the country, embracing repertories from medieval music to the 20th century.

We offer a large number of studentships to support doctoral level studies across the whole range of the discipline, including performance and composition as well as musicology.

Undergraduate courses

Postgraduate taught courses

Postgraduate PhD courses