Research course

Music Technology, Sonic Arts and Composition

Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Music and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area. PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

Months of entry

January, September, June, April

Course content

Our PhD research programmes in Cambridge will allow you to explore your own interests in music and performance technology, supported by the expertise of our staff.

At Anglia Ruskin, you’ll find staff members who are particularly active in the following areas:

  • music composition (instrumental and electronic)
  • algorithmic composition (involving both hardware and software development)
  • live, real-time notation and its role in algorithmic composition, performance and improvisation
  • live, technology-mediated interaction in performance and improvisation and the notion of liveness in interaction
  • human computer interaction in music, in particular the role of movement, gesture and interaction from live performer
  • interaction between these elements and live capture of performed audio and its influence on live notation, performance and improvisation.

The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. You’ll benefit from a variety of research-oriented events, including our Faculty and Departmental research seminar series, performance events and international conferences.

We enjoy links with the wider community, including local arts venues like The Junction, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Kettle's Yard; the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); and various NHS health providers.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries
01245 493131 (UK enquirers), +44 1245 493131 (Overseas enquirers)