List of top music departments around the world:
University of California, Berkeley (USA) - The Department of Music at U.C. Berkeley is consistently ranked among the top three music departments in the United States. The graduate programs offered includes programs in composition, Western music history, and ethnomusicology.
Hope College (USA) - The College Finder, a publication for high school students exploring colleges, lists Hope College Music Department as one of the best undergraduate music departments in the country. It offers degrees in music performance, jazz, music education, music as a liberal arts major, dual degrees.
Oxford University (UK) - The Faculty of Music of Oxford University is one of the largest music departments in the country. It is rated top in the ‘research power’ rankings in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), with 50% of its research rated as ‘world-leading’ and the largest number of research active staff submitted by any Higher Education Institution in the UK. It gained the highest (5*) rating in the two previous RAEs of 1996 and 2001.
Royal Holloway, University of London (UK) - It was rated the top department in the UK in the 2008 RAE and awarded the highest grade of 5* in the two previous assessment exercises (1996 and 2001). In addition it was rated 5th in the 2010 Music Department rankings in both The Times and The Independent (June 2010).
Durham University (UK) - The Music Department is one of the leading centres for the study of music in Britain, being consistently ranked amongst the top 5 UK departments by the Good University Guide. Music students have access to a huge range of supplementary materials online, including e-books, e-journals, etc.
Newcastle University (UK) - Ranked in the top five Music departments in the UK in 2009 National Student Survey. The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) has a reputation as one of the most forward-looking HE providers of music in Europe.
* Suggested Reading:
Music Schools in England
Top Music Schools in UK
Top Schools for Bachelor of Music
World of University Ranking and League Table
In UK there are some university league tables published every year by The Times, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. In Australia the Good Universities Guide rating is a very useful handbook for anyone choosing a tertiary institution. For more information please see University Ranking by Country.