The Department is a thriving and diverse centre for musical research. Staff research specialisms include composition, electroacoustic composition, historical performance practices, popular music studies, The Beatles, folk music, music in seventeenth-century Italy and Austria, music editing, criticism and reception studies, nineteenth- and twentieth century French and Austro-German music, and women in music.
The Department is also home to a vibrant postgraduate research community. Postgraduate research students are currently working upon projects in composition, electroacoustic composition, popular music studies, and cultural and historical musicology. The Department hosts regular conferences and symposia, and also runs its long established Music Research Seminar Series. The Music Department is home to the Women in Music Research Group.
In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), Music was ranked 2nd in the North West after the University of Manchester. 99% of our research activity was classified as world-leading or of international quality; 100% of the Impact of our research was rated as at least internationally excellent.