Research at York embraces scholarship, creative practice, technology and empirical studies. You'll have the time and space to develop your own distinctive approach to your research project.
Why study at York?
From music technology to preserving musical history, York is making an impact on an international level. Our research projects have direct effects on the world around us, such as our empowering project SMILE, addressing the equality gap in music provision for children, or our work on documenting South African Jazz cultures.
We regularly engage with the public through our seminar series and performance-based research. Study with us and join a thriving academic environment that also benefits from the broader musical activities at York. Collaborate with other musicians, students from different disciplines across the University, and other institutions internationally.
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Spend part of your research degree at York as a visiting research student.
Variety of ensembles
Immerse yourself in music and join one of our many staff-conducted or student-led ensembles. From gospel choir to Gamelan to musical theatre societies, York has ample opportunities for you to perform with like-minded people. We also have a vibrant weekly concert programme.
York is a UNESCO city of Media Arts
From digital innovation to media arts, York is a creative hub for innovation and ideas. York has long been and still is a meeting point for the ideas and creativity of the world. It is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.
What York does extremely well is offer the resources, teaching and time for students to experiment, discover their voice, and find a niche: something rather important in a climate where just being an excellent violinist/pianist/soprano just won't cut it.
Kerry Andrew, PhD Composition. Read more about Kerry.
To showcase our research and enhance collaboration, we hold a regular series of seminars including papers by visiting speakers, as well as talks by University of York staff. There are also opportunities for current research students to present their research, giving you a chance to build your confidence and forge industry links.
Our graduates are working in a wide range of sectors, from business to performance. They've gone on to be broadcasters, sound designers, academics and teachers, performers and arts managers.
- Discover the career choices of alumni from our School - browse graduate profiles