Department of Music

Customise your course with our range of flexible degrees, learn from internationally-recognised composers, join a music group, band or choir. Whether you're an undergraduate, Masters or PhD student, we have the learning resources and study support to help you succeed in your degree and in your future career.

We offer exciting courses tailored to suit you
  • customise your course and choose from areas including composition, music technology, classical music studies, popular music studies, screen music, classical, contemporary and rock, and computer and electronic music
  • you can join the University's orchestra, chamber choir, and musical theatre societies, or start your own band and explore Brighton's many open mic opportunities - so you can develop your skills outside the classroom.

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You will be taught by experts and benefit from learning in specialist facilities
  • you are taught by internationally-renowned academics with expertise in composition, performance and research
  • you have 24-hour access to dedicated computer workstations, practice rooms with pianos, production studios and online recording libraries, as well as electronic studios for recording and post-production, and venues on campus for live performances
  • we run a contemporary music group and organise weekly research seminars and concerts, so you can perform, exchange ideas and collaborate with other students and professional musicians.

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You will develop key skills which will help boost your employment prospects
  • you develop key skills in performance and practice, teamwork and communication, and in time management 
  • you learn how to use industry-standard software and equipment, including how to use music and video editing software  
  • you forge links with potential employers through our connections with creative industries in Brighton and London. This gives you the chance to go on work placements and boost your employment prospects
  • our students have gone into careers including radio, publishing, performance, writing music for advertisements, teaching, writing music for computer games, composition, and studio engineering
  • 93% of our students were in work or further study six months after graduating*. 

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*Destination of Leavers of Higher Education 2016

We are carrying out internationally recognised research
  • the department houses the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, which runs a number of research projects in collaboration with Glyndebourne Opera House
  • we also maintain the Experimental Music Technologies Lab, where research into musical informatics and music performance technologies is conducted in collaboration with the Informatics department
  • 100% of our research was rated as world leading or internationally excellent regarding public impact in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014 REF).

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Edward's student perspective

‘The atmosphere, the facilities, and the staff make Sussex a special place for me.'

Edward Ashcroft
Music BA