Our main achievement has been the establishment of a secure, flourishing and expanding research culture in Music at Aberdeen since the department was re-opened in 2002.

Research is central to the working environment of the department, with all staff actively involved in engaging with research for their teaching and the vast majority of staff being active researchers in their respective fields. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, the department reinforced its standing in the discipline with 50% of its research at 3* (internationally excellent in terms of originality, significance and rigour) or 4* (quality that is world-leading and of the highest standards) and a research environment and esteem indicator of 100% at level 3.

The department submitted 10 members of staff for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and is confident that it will achieve an even higher profile when these results are announced in late 2014.