Music research at Sussex

Music at Sussex is recognised both nationally and internationally for its innovative research. In the national Research Excellence Framework 2014, 78% of our research was judged to be of international excellence. The panel commented particularly on the "considerable reach and significance" of our research impact.

Our research is organised around a number of key fields, which include: critical musicology; acoustic and digital composition; composition; composition for screen; opera and music theatre (history, theory and practice); performance theory and practice; sound studies; new musical technologies. We have faculty and PhD students working in all of these fields.

The department houses the Centre for Research in Opera and Music Theatre, which runs a range of research projects and events, some of which are in collaboration with institutions such as Glyndebourne Opera. We also maintain the Experimental Music Technologies Lab, where research is conducted with members from across the School, and from the Informatics Department.

The department offers a varied programme of interdisciplinary research events addressing a wide range of topics. These include conferences, creative events, public performances in partnership with professional organisations such as the London Sinfonietta or the Brighton Festival, and educational activities.

For researchers engaged in creative practice we have state-of-the-art facilities ranging from dedicated recording studios to the impressive Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

We welcome academics, researchers, students and practitioners throughout the year. We particularly welcome Visiting Research Students and Visiting Research Fellows. To find out more about doctoral research in our department please contact the Research Team We offer a number of funded places every year, which include AHRC-funded doctoral scholarships.

You can also find out about other research strands: Cultural StudiesFilm StudiesJournalism, Media and Communications, and Media Practice

Thor's faculty perspective

“I am excited to be part of a music department which is internationally renowned for its emphasis on research and practice of contemporary music in all its forms. I think it is fantastic to observe how students on our courses quickly become part of our dynamic research culture and how they contribute through performances, written or recorded music, and critical theoretical work. Furthermore, we belong to the School of Media, Arts and Humanities, which gives us an interdisciplinary edge and situates us well with regards to experimentation and the study of future forms of musical media and practices."

Thor Magnusson
Professor of Future Music


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