At universities of the arts, the field of scientific research is defined like at other universities. Research focuses on philosophical, cultural, scientific or technological subjects. The results of research are fed back to teaching and, therefore, they form the basis for research-oriented education. For studies of the arts, the academic debate of science constitutes a key contribution to the future-oriented development of independent artistic personalities.

At the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz , scientific research is a very large domain compared with other universities of the arts. It ensures a high degree of education oriented towards research and arts-based research. The integration of vivid artistic practice in scientific research involves a constant update and increased applicability of results. For an easier literature search the web-based literature management program RefWorks is available campus-wide for employees and students of the university.