We offer an excellent range of courses in Music and Music Technology/Production at Huddersfield, within a vibrant and stimulating environment for music making. Our courses cover everything from classical to pop to experimental and beyond. You’ll study in superb, purpose-built facilities on state-of-the-art equipment, supported by staff with a blend of research excellence and industry experience. Whether you are interested in creative, historical, analytical, or technical approaches - in performance, composition, musicology, production or understanding how music technology works ‘under the bonnet’ - we have a course for you.
All of our courses include an optional year’s work placement, giving you real-world experience that will enhance your employability and which enables our students to graduate with skills that lead to excellent career opportunities.
Dr Philip Thomas, Reader, and Head of Performance, talks about his work at the University with undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. He also tells us about his life as a performer of contemporary works by composers such as Christian Wolf and John Cage.
The University of Huddersfield is ranked among the best universities in the UK as a place to study music and for its world-leading research.
In last year's National Student Survey, our students placed us 8th, with 95% satisfaction for teaching, 83% for assessment and feedback, 89% for academic support, and 93% for overall satisfaction. Those were the best results for music in Yorkshire.
In the recent national assessment of university research (REF2014), 85% of our music research was judged internationally excellent, with 44% of the overall submission ranked as 'world-leading'. In terms of its research environment for music, Huddersfield was tied at 7th, alongside Edinburgh, Southampton, Royal Holloway and Cambridge. For its wider impact, Huddersfield's music research was judged 5th among the 84 submissions in music, drama, dance and the performing arts, receiving the second highest possible score.
If you want to join our thriving community then have a look at our courses in more detail to find out which one is best for you.
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A remarkable 96.7% of our Music and Music Technology graduates went on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating in 2012/13.
Graduate opportunities are extensive and wide ranging, including performance, production, broadcasting, education and interactive media industries, as well as electronics design and development.
Many of our undergraduates continue their education at postgraduate level – either here at Huddersfield or at other institutions – on a variety of programmes including performance at conservatoires and teacher-training courses. A degree in a music-related subject can provide a stepping stone into the non-musical professions, including law, accountancy, and business – music organisations will always need specialists in these areas who also have a deep understanding and experience of music. Our graduates leave us with an impressive portfolio and the necessary skills to undertake a wide variety of careers, including: performer, producer, session musician, film composer and arranger, video/TV post production, teacher, writer, PR, web design, multimedia, computer games, audio engineer, and software developer.
Our graduates have gone on to work for major companies and institutions, including: the BBC, ITV, the Music Factory, EMAP, British Grove Studios, DACS Ltd, Abbey Road Studios, Titan Tour Productions, the Handel House Museum, and London’s Southbank Centre.