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Research Degrees

For those wishing to go on to a doctoral programme, Music offers excellent research facilities and expert supervision in a wide variety of subjects; our range of staff expertise is among the broadest in the country, embracing repertories from medieval music to the 20th century.

Our Courses

We have specialists in historical musicology, theory and analysis, music in popular culture, music and gender and a range of critical approaches; another major focus is the study of performance, ranging from historical performance practice to reception theory. Composition in a variety of idioms is another particular strength.

How to Apply

Postgraduate students can apply for courses using our online application form. Find out more about the process, deadlines, entry requirements and more on our postgraduate application pages.

Apply for a postgraduate research degree

We can supervise doctoral research in any area of staff expertise: see our research and staff pages for more information. We particularly welcome postgraduate research proposals on music in the Middle Ages, Renaissance music, music and theatre in 17th century England, music and musical thought in the long 18th century, 19th-century opera, 20th-century art music, contemporary musical culture (including pop and jazz), composition, film music, analysis, historical performance, arts management and cultural policy.

We have an active research community with about 40 postgraduate students. There is a dedicated Music Postgraduate Room, to which all postgraduates have 24-hour access. This provides study spaces for up to 20 students at any one time, networked computers with word processing and music processing software, microfilm and microfiche readers, printing and scanning facilities, bookshelves, storage space, and telephone. Our computing laboratory and electronic studios are also available for postgraduate use. Students find a supportive and friendly research environment, and we encourage you to take part in the academic community within the University and in the broader context of the discipline, both nationally and internationally.

For details of the application procedure for the MPhil/PhD, see our How to Apply page. Financial support is available for both full- and part-time study: see our Money matters page to find out more.

Listen to the podcasts to hear about some of our current postgraduate students' research activities.

Composer George Holloway describes his exchange semester in Taiwan:

Penelope Cave talks about a harpsichord recital for an academic conference on Sarah Fielding, and how her professional career as a performer relates to her PhD:

Musicologist Michael Gale describes organising a conference:


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Our Staff

Our academic staff members specialise in musicology, composition, music technology and performance studies learn more about them here.

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