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"The Department of Music at Royal Holloway is one of the largest in the UK, offering a very broad and diverse range of courses, taught by leading scholars in the field. While we're proud that our research is ranked amongst the best in the UK, you'll find the tutors friendly, down-to-earth, and always willing to help.

Our courses literally span the world, from Western classical music 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. 

In addition to our academic staff, we have over 30 visiting instrumental and vocal teachers and provide a fantastic array of performance opportunities for you, from choirs to orchestras to World music and jazz. 

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

We look forward to welcoming you here."

Professor Stephen Downes

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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