Overview The Department of Music is one of the University's top-rated research centres, being placed in the top 15 music research establishments in the UK in the 2008 Higher Education Funding Council's Research Assessment Exercise, and with an 'esteem indicator' of 100 per cent in the 4* (highest) category. This reflects research activities of the highest international quality.The graduate community is one of the largest in the country, with around 40 students pursuing research or taught postgraduate degrees. In recent years the Department has been successful in securing several University Research Fellowships and University Studentships.The Department of Music has a vibrant research culture and welcomes strong applicants with original research topics for its PhD Programme (see 'Research Areas' in the 'Structure and Awards' tab). Find out more about our current Research Students. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Music Start Date: The University offers two registration points for research degree students, in September and February each year. Entry Requirements Applicants should normally hold a Masters-level degree in music or an area cognate to their area of research. English Language Requirements For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:A first degree from a UK university or from the CNAA.A first degree from an overseas institution recognised by the University as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia, Canada or the United States of America.GCE O-level/GCSE English language or English literature, grade C minimum.An overall score of 6.5 in the English Language Testing System...
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Research students follow individually supervised programmes leading either to the submission of a thesis (musicology; ethnomusicology), or a portfolio of compositions (instrumental and vocal composition and/or studio-based digital or electroacoustic work). Please note: the thesis for the composition is not a commentary on the student's works composed but a dissertation on an area of research related to the student's compositional interests.
Initially students are registered for the MPhil degree. Transfer to PhD status occurs once good progress has been made on the initial stages of the research; this can take place at the end of the first year of full-time study, the second year of part-time study, or later. The work completed at the time of transfer contributes to the PhD.
The PhD will normally be completed after three years of full-time research (five years part-time), followed by a one-year period of 'writing-up' during which the final preparation of the thesis or portfolio takes place. Students intending to complete the MPhil only will normally carry out two years of full-time research (or three years part-time), plus the period of 'writing-up'.
As a general guideline MPhil theses do not normally exceed 60,000 words, and PhD theses do not normally exceed 90,000 words. Audio and visual media may form part of the submission.
In Composition, the MPhil portfolio will normally contain at least three, and the PhD at least five, substantial works, or negotiated equivalent, with a contextualising commentary. The portfolio is accompanied by a thesis, which will usually consider aesthetic and contextual issues related to the works but is not about them. Substantially fewer words are expected for composition-based theses.Research Areas Musicology
- Byzantine and Modern Greek art music
- Choral music of the Slavic Orthodox churches
- Church music
- Critical Musicology
- Feminist, gay and lesbian musicology
- Gender and sexuality in Popular music
- Gender representation in music
- Historiography and canonicity
- Historical performance practice
- Music and literature
- Music and society
- Music for film, television and video games
- Music in the Third Reich
- Music in cultural history
- Music in 19th-century Russia and the Soviet Union
- Music in 20th-century Germany
- Music videos
- Nineteenth-century music
- Pop-Rock music
- Popular music studies
- Reception history
- Studies of musical performance, both live and recorded
- The Frankfurt School, Theodor Adorno and Marxist aesthetics
- Twentieth-century and contemporary music
- Women composers
- African-American music
- Balkan traditions
- Creative processes in music, with particular reference to the Middle East
- Diaspora studies
- Ethnicity, identity and music
- Ethnomusicology of Western art music
- European folk music traditions
- Greek song
- Japanese traditional music
- Middle Eastern musics
- Music and issues of globalisation
- Music and the politics of cultural representation
- Music in Middle Eastern cinema
- Music, power and ideology
- The study of musical instruments
- Urban Ethnomusicology
- Instrumental and vocal composition
- Composition for film, television and videogames
- Studio composition
- Analysis and aesthetics of composition
Applicants should normally hold a Masters-level degree in music or an area cognate to their research topic.
Research students follow individually supervised programmes leading either to the submission of a thesis (musicology, ethnomusicology); a portfolio of compositions (instrumental and vocal composition and/or studio-based digital or electroacoustic work); or a performance plus thesis (for performance-based research).
Please note: the thesis for the composition is not a commentary on works that the student has composed but a dissertation on an area of research related to the student's compositional interests.
- Full-time EU: £4,500 per year
- Part-time EU: £2,250 per year
- Full-time Non EU: £12,000 per year
- Part-time Non EU: £6,000 per year
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees are subject to review each year and may vary during your period of registration.
You pay the above fees (which usually...