Department of Music

The Music Department at Sussex has a distinctive philosophy at the forefront of creative music: to practise and study music in its social, cultural, historical and technological contexts. We are proud of our internationally recognised focus on creativity in contemporary music, embracing performance, composition, music theatre and popular music studies, as well as critical and creative approaches in music production and innovation in music technology.

Our students create outstanding work in composition, sound design and live performance, where they can enjoy instrumental and vocal tuition as part of the course. Building upon a strong historical understanding, our students are encouraged to explore musical practices across a range of performance and creative contexts, including film music, popular music and interactive media. Among the pathways students can choose are composition, music technology, classical music studies, popular music studies, film and screen music, performance (classical), performance (contemporary and rock) and computer and electronic music.

Located in the School of Media, Film and Music, and incorporating the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre (CROMT) and the Music Informatics and Performance Technologies Lab (MIPTL), ours is a tightly-knit department where all music staff are active researchers with international profiles, and whose composition, performance and research feed directly into teaching and regular on-campus events. The department has strong links with local arts institutions and businesses, encouraging students to work and collaborate equally with people outside the university as well as with other students in our school. The Music Department is open to students from non-traditional music backgrounds with evidence of advanced musical accomplishment. If you have any queries about the Music Department you are very welcome to contact us by email or telephone.

Our courses for 2016 entry: BA in MusicBA in Music TechnologyMA in Music and Sonic MediaMPhil and PhDs in Music, Musical Composition and Music Theatre

A short document listing key recommended books for undergraduate courses in Music may be found here.

An overview diagram of the BA in Music may be found here.

An overview diagram of the BA in Music Technology may be found here.

An overview of the MA in Music and Sonic Media may be found here.

For further information, please see the online prospectuses ( or contact Dr Ed Hughes, Head of Music.

Former Music MA student Ed McKeon brings to Brighton Festival a new piece reflecting on the situation of refugees compelled always to move on.

It will be performed by Yuval Avital, a unique voice in the contemporary and experimental scene and contemporary music group, and Ensemble Meitar at the Brighton Dom Corn Exchange on Friday 20 May at 8 pm. Further details on the Brighton Festival website.

To find out more about Ed's career journey since graduating from Sussex, visit the Careers page.


You can view a selection of works by current and former Sussex Music students on the Showcase pages, via YouTube, and on SoundCloud.

You can also see details of faculty publications, music research events, compositions and funded research projects.





News & events stream from the Music Department at the University of Sussex. Courses on offer: BA in Music; BA in Music Technology; MA in Music and Sonic Media.

RT @traumaticolonel: The schedule for the IASPM UK & Ireland Conference (8-10 Sep, Brighton) is now available online at #IASPMUKI2016


Great project with technology by @musicSussex and Sussex Humanities Lab team @luuma @alicealicealice…

RT @traumaticolonel: @shirleyeCollins closed her speech to Sussex graduands yesterday with hopeful lines from 'The Sweet Primeroses'…

RT @traumaticolonel: Enjoying the Sussex sunshine and playing lots of @shirleyeCollins ahead of her honorary degree tomorrow #harkive…

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