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"The Music department at Royal Holloway is one of the largest in the UK, offering a very broad and diverse range of courses, all taught by expert scholars. Ranked among the top Music departments in the UK for both our teaching and our research, we also benefit from a vibrant creative campus community rated 14th in the world for Performing Arts (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016). 

Our courses literally span the world, from European classical, popular and folk traditions to music from across Asia and the Americas. We study music across a thousand years of history but also explore the changing nature of music in the contemporary world. Through performance, composition and academic study, we’ll challenge you to think about what music is today and why it matters.

Our friendly academic staff are always willing to help you with your studies, and our team also includes some 35 instrumental and vocal teachers, offering specialist coaching in classical, jazz, early music and music theatre genres. The fantastic array of performance opportunities open to you includes choirs, orchestras, bands, music theatre, world music and much more. Practice rooms, electronic studio facilities and some stunning performance spaces are all on site. Our proximity to London also gives you easy access to some of the world’s most famous music venues, all a short train ride away.

Studying music offers a uniquely rich experience which is highly valued by employers. In your three years here, you will not only develop a range of musical skills and deep subject knowledge, but also build up your self-confidence in working independently and with others.

We  hope that you will join us soon, where you can see and hear for yourself why Royal Holloway is such a special place to be a musician."

Professor Julie Brown

Head of Department




The Department of Music at Royal Holloway are currently ranked 3rd amongst UK Music departments (in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework). We were top in the previous assessment exercise (2008) and awarded the highest grade of 5* in the two prior to that (2001 and 1996).  We were also recently placed 4th best UK Music department in the 2015 Complete University Guide, which takes into account student experience, research excellence and graduate prospects. We are currently the only university arts and humanities department in the UK to receive one of just twelve prestigious Regius Professorships, to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2013. This means our students benefit from research-led teaching where expertise offers cutting-edge approaches and encompasses a diversity of genres, historical periods and global contexts and much more. 


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