Research in music at Cambridge is renowned both nationally and internationally and covers a broad range of fields. The Music Faculty’s REF submission was ranked among the top three of all UK music departments in terms of the combination of quality and volume of research and included all aspects of our research – music history and analysis, popular and media music, ethnomusicology, performance studies, composition, and music and science. We also host two world-leading centres of collaborative research: theCentre for Music and Science, and the Cambridge Centre for Musical Performance Studies, stemming from the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice. These are complemented by a research infrastructure of international significance, including the Pendlebury Library and University Library as well as important College collections. See our Research Resources for further information about some of these collections.

The impact of our research is wide-ranging. Our academics engage with a diverse range of public and professional groups during the course of their research and have advised on a number of cultural and commercial initiatives. To learn more about our research, please visit the Faculty Research Home Page.

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