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

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Undergraduate study

Postgraduate study

AHRC White Rose (WRoCAH) funding for PhD in Music

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A number of fully-funded studentships are available to outstanding candidates.

Deadline: 5pm (GMT) on 2 Feb 2016find out more

Postgraduate Virtual Open Days 24-16 November 2015

Postgraduate Open Afternoon

Forthcoming events


Composition Seminar

4.00PM, Rymer Auditorium

Patrick John Jones

CMRC blog

Read the latest from our Contemporary Music Research Centre on the CMRC blog

‌York is 6th in the UK and 25th in World: THE World Rankings for Arts and Humanities

The University of York is one of the top-rated institutions to study the arts and humanities according to the 2016 Times Higher Education Rankings – positioned 6th in the UK and 25th in the world we deliver an outstanding educational environment through our innovative teaching with excellent careers prospects.


Enhanced Music Psychology provision

Leading music psychologist Dr Hauke Egermann joins the lecturing staff at York this year. An accomplished teacher and researcher, Hauke joins us from TU Berlin and will offer Music Psychology modules on our BA Music course, provide individual topic supervision in music psychology, and offer graduate teaching and supervision at MA and PhD level.

Latest news


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

Forthcoming concerts:

27 November 2015
2 December 2015
20 January 2016