Music research is multidisciplinary, investigating all aspects of music, from classical to the commercial music industries. songwriting, production and creative practice, to sound technology and innovation in music business. Led by key figures in their field, with emerging and established projects, Music research creates societal impact across broad areas of popular culture, the arts and the creative industries in the UK and beyond.

The Black Music Research Unit (BMRU) (led by Mykaell Riley) is a pioneering interdisciplinary research hub which investigates and celebrates the influence of Black British Music on culture, society and the creative industries. Established in 2015, the BMRU is the first academic research space dedicated to collecting, archiving and sharing evidence to support the cultural recognition of Black British Music.