University of Liverpool: School of Music

University of Liverpool 
Department of Music


At the University of Liverpool, we are in tune with the classical and popular worlds. We pride ourselves on being an innovative department that embraces the full spectrum of music, from the great works of the past to emerging trends such as sound for computer games. Our staff and students come from a variety of performance and non-performance backgrounds and share interests that span classical, popular, world and film music.  

Long-established as a classical music department, we created the Institute of Popular Music in 1988, becoming the first department in the UK to introduce dedicated, specialist popular music studies and research

Liverpool is world-famous for its musical heritage: a UNESCO City of Music, the 2008 European Capital of Culture, and – of course – home of the Beatles. Music is woven into the city’s culture, and there is a massive local scene in the many small clubs, bars and streets, alongside larger performance venues such as the Echo Arena. 

We have capitalised on this by developing close working relationships with many local musical organisations, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the famous Zanzibar club, and Parr St. Studios.  

Postgraduate Degrees 
Our Masters degree programmes provide exciting opportunities to perfect your performance, or increase your appreciation of how music is created, performed, produced, managed and marketed: 

We also offer MPhil and PhD programmes in Music, with staff supervision in a broad range of disciplines. 

Partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic 
Our MA Classical Music Industry is delivered in partnership with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, with whom students undertake a prestigious work placement. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic comprises of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra – the UK’s oldest professional symphony orchestra – the Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and an extensive learning and education programme, exposing students to a variety of specialisms in music and cultural management.

Research Environment 
In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), 90% of our research was deemed 'internationally excellent' or 'internationally recognised'. Our expertise encompasses the broad spectrum of music studies, including areas such as Ethnomusicology, Popular Music Studies, Music Industry Studies, Composition, Music Technology, Music Analysis and Critical Musicology. We are home to two specialist research centres: 

Research activity is supported by regular seminars, performances, special symposia and conferences. 

Our facilities have recently benefitted from a substantial investment in our teaching spaces, studios and equipment. These facilities include: 

  • An SSL Studio 
  • Electronic Music Research Studio 
  • Recording and production studios 
  • A games research lab 
  • A multipurpose rehearsal and performance teaching space 
  • Practice rooms with Yamaha pianos 
  • iMac suites 
  • A two-tier auditorium 

Take a virtual tour of our Electronic Music Research Studio:

Take a virtual tour of our SSL Live Room:


We run a hugely popular series of free weekly concerts during term time – the Lunchtime Concert Series – which is open to members of the public as well as students and staff. The series presents a diverse range of music – from classical and folk, to choral and electronic – by performers from all over the world, with all performances livestreamed to a global audience. 

We also hold an annual festival of contemporary music and audio-visual performance – Open Circuit – which provides academic context on the future of music making and technology. 

Contact Details
Dr Michael Jones – Postgraduate Lead 
Department of Music 

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