We produce innovative and interdisciplinary research that develops employable graduates and makes a difference in the fields of music theory, production and performance.

Our research expertise covers a broad range of themes, genres and disciplines including composition, technology and performance. It also encompasses psychology of music, health and wellbeing, community music and education, popular music studies and ethnomusicology.

For research quality, Music at Kent scored 3.20 out of 4.00 in The Complete University Guide 2019.

Industry experts

Our academics are respected experts in the field. All are active researchers and practitioners who lead and contribute to contemporary debate through their music, performances and publications.

REF success

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, the University of Kent was ranked in the top 20 for research intensity in the Times Higher Education.

Our research: Making a difference

We have a strong research culture which is enhanced by the presence of a wide range of visiting colleagues (honorary professors, associate and assistant lecturers), as well as regular seminars and masterclasses.

We are able to provide doctoral-level training supervision in the following areas of staff research publication and practice:

  • instrumental and electronic music
  • electroacoustic composition and soundscape studies
  • sonic art
  • music for moving image
  • musical instrument design
  • performance pedagogy
  • improvisation and performance practice
  • therapeutic music studies
  • sound perception and spatial sound
  • musical development
  • music ethnography
  • phenomenological ethnomusicology
  • acoustic ecology and ecomusicology
  • musical instrument studies
  • regional studies: North America, South Asia, West Asia, Mediterranean area, UK.

Our staff have received research grants from Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the RVW Trust, PRS for Music and Sound and Music. Music composed and performed by our staff is regularly heard in international conferences, festivals and broadcasts.

Our Graduate Teaching Assistants and PhD students are practising artists, musicians and technologists, with scholarly pursuits in a wide range of topics from progressive rock to the Memphis music scene, Cretan music to piano reductions, music technology and composition to sound art.

Visit our people page to discover more about our academic staff, their interests and activities, and how to contact them.