The department is home to a vibrant, diverse, international, and innovative group of music researchers.

Our staff are recognised as leading figures in their fields, as evidenced by major commissions, performances, recordings, and publications.

Our international postgraduate student community includes early career researchers who are already making significant contributions as composers, performers, technicians, engineers, and musicologists.
Drama, Theatre and Performance at Huddersfield hosts a vibrant and developing research culture in the areas of psychophysical performance, performance Magic, technical theatre and multimedia in performance. 

Drama research also includes research activities into performance and disability, psychoanalysis, creativity, ecology, improvisation, new writing, and processes of devising.

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Our departments draw on the expertise of staff with national and international reputations for their research, teaching and professional engagement.


We offer courses at undergraduate, masters and doctoral level. Teaching at Huddersfield is officially rated Gold under the UK government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

Research Centres within the Department of Music and Drama

Performance Practices

Foregrounding Performance-as-Research and Performance Studies research across a range of disciplines

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Study of Music, Culture and Identity

The Centre for Music, Culture and Identity brings together researchers investigating music and musical cultures through a variety of historical, critical and analytical methodologies.

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CeReNeM: Centre for Research in New Music

The Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM) is a community of world-leading artists and scholars who bring innovative and interdisciplinary perspectives to research in composition, performance, sonic arts and multimedia, music technology, improvisation, analysis, and new music studies.

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