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Faculty of Music


Music at University

Music is a hugely diverse field, encompassing practical and academic work, and bearing upon history, culture, science, and people’s sense of who they are. Studying music at Cambridge offers students with intellectual curiosity and scholarly ambition the opportunity to explore the rich diversity of the subject at one of the leading institutions in the world.  As a faculty, we are ranked highest for Music teaching in the Guardian's 2022 University league table (97.7%), We are dedicated to providing a broad-based education and skills that will last a lifetime. 

University or Conservatoire?

The course at Cambridge enables you to pursue practical studies to the highest level, but also sets performance in a broader context of academic study. You acquire a large number of transferable skills that can prepare you for musical and non-musical careers after university. Many music students enter the music profession in one guise or another, as performers, composers, teachers or administrators, but a music degree prepares students for a career in almost anything, with a number each year going on to work in finance, management, publishing, and law, among many other fields.

If you are thinking of studying Music at university, these pages will provide you with: