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The South, West & Wales DTP offers postgraduates a wide range of research expertise in music.

Particular strengths in musicology include medieval and renaissance liturgical music, the history of popular song, modern and contemporary popular music, and the intersections between aural and visual cultures. Areas of strength in practice and performance include theory and analysis, and composition.


Within the DTP researchers benefit from unique archive collections including an archive of Welsh-language popular music recordings, the Jan Fairley World Music Archive, and the archive of the Welsh National Opera. For practice-based research there are collections of period keyboard instruments (Cardiff, Southampton) and state-of-the-art studio suites (Bristol, Southampton). The DTP also offers established research centres, including the Centre for Music Research (Bath Spa), Centre for the History of Music in Britain the Empire and the Commonwealth (Bristol) and Centre for interdisciplinary research in Opera (Cardiff).

Students also have access to a wide range of specialist training offered by the consortium, compositional e-packages and training events organised by our partners.

Where we offer this subject

Bath Spa University logo

College of Liberal Arts
Subject Lead: Dr Ben Ramsay

University of Bristol logo

Department of Music
Subject Lead: Professor John Pickard

Cardiff University logo

School of Music
Subject Lead: Professor John Morgan O’Connell

University of Southampton

Department of Music
Subject Lead: Dr Thomas Irvine