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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:



COVID-19 Music Tripos Programme Changes: 2020-21
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and government guidance, we have had to make some changes to the programme in order to mitigate against risks to health and to give you the best possible academic experience in the circumstances. We will continue to monitor and respond to the changing public health situation. The changes are:

  • Most whole-year undergraduate lectures are likely to be delivered online (depending on absolute numbers involved and on demands on space) though, where safely possible, it is intended that in-person teaching will be the norm
  • Any elements of the course that involve ensemble performance will be conducted in accordance with the government guidelines in force at the time

Further COVID-19-related information for offer-holders can be found here: