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Department of Music

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update – Department of Music

The Department expects to be operating a full teaching schedule in 2020-21, whether on campus or online or a mix of the two, with flexible teaching to accommodate all students' circumstances, even if these change through the academic year. On all programmes, for new students and for those returning to York, we aim to retain our safe and friendly atmosphere, personal contact and small-group teaching, whether or not you are here in person.

Dr Áine Sheil, Head of Department, Autumn 2020

If you have an urgent query please make contact with one of the following teams:

Find out about the COVID-secure measures the Department has introduced to enable us to use our facilities safely and securely.

Read our teaching and learning planning updates for current students.

For information on how the University is dealing with COVID-19, please check the University's Coronavirus webpages.

Studying Music at the University of York gives you a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of musical experiences and to look at how music is shaping and responding to the world.

We are internationally recognised for integrated creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music and our graduates are critical, independent thinkers.


We support a wide range of research and offer many opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral study across the discipline.


York Concerts

We are very pleased that concerts are going ahead this autumn, albeit online. They will be premiered on our YouTube channel every Wednesday at 7.45pm. The performances will also be available to watch on demand.

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Ivors success for Department of Music graduate student

Thursday 3 December 2020

Robin Haigh, a PhD student in Composition, has been awarded a prestigious Ivor Novello Award in the Chamber Orchestral category for his piece, 'Grin'.

PhD Funding from the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities

Wednesday 4 November 2020

Looking for PhD funding in Arts & Humanities? The WRoCAH competition for PhD studentships starting in October 2021 is now open!

Funding boost for community music programme

Tuesday 3 November 2020

Young people across Yorkshire who face barriers to music making will have a chance to play traditional Indonesian music, thanks to continued funding for an innovative community project run by the University of York.

Rankings and awards

The University of York is a TEF gold institution.

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