Welcome to the Department of Music


We are a leading department for teaching and research in Music focusing on the integration of practical music with rigorous scholarship.

York offers a superb choice of ensembles and opportunities. We provide a bursary for all undergraduate students in support of instrumental or vocal studies, and you can take part in music from medieval to contemporary in a wide variety of genres and styles.

Our teaching is detailed and supportive, winning recent awards for excellence on campus. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who are committed to helping you hone your employable skills and musical vision.

We strive to make a difference within the musical world today, and York alumni are employed in key positions throughout the music, broadcast and education sectors. Take a look at our news archive and you’ll find that our students are distinctive within an increasingly competitive environment.

Welcome to our friendly and internationally respected department.  Have a look at the video if you have a moment.

If you’d like to get in touch [music@york.ac.uk], we’d love to hear from you.

Professor Ambrose Field
Head of Department

Follow us on social media for the latest news, photos and video from the Department:

Study with us

Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

WRoCAH PhD studentships

WRoCAH logo

The Department is currently seeking applications for fully-funded PhD studentships; interested applicants looking to pursue doctoral research by thesis or in all areas of practice-based research should have applied for a place before the WRoCAH funding deadline of midnight GMT on 2 Feburary 2015.

Find out more on our Postgraduate study and Funding pages.

Forthcoming events


Composition workshop


Quatuor Diotima


Vocal workshop

4.00PM, E058

Roger Marsh


Early British Rhythm Clubs: Ideals and Realities

4.00PM, I/D003

Catherine Tackley (Open University)


Composition seminar and recital

4.00PM, TBC

Andrew Hamilton (composer) Juliet Fraser (soprano) Maxime Echardour (percussion)

Latest news


Tickets for the YorkConcerts 2014/15 season are now available from the Box Office.

Forthcoming concerts:

31 January 2015
4 February 2015
11 February 2015
13 February 2015