Entry requirements

Normally, an upper second class honours degree in music or MA in music

Months of entry


Course content

Supervision is available for research in historical musicology; ethnomusicology; analysis; or in the electroacoustic or compositional field. PhD candidates may submit a composition in place of a thesis, or submit a composition and a related thesis. The principal areas of research interest are: Western music history; Editorial musicology; Analysis; Celtic traditional music; Music and the Christian Church; Composition; Electroacoustic Composition; Popular music culture; Music in Wales.

Department specialisms

Brahms; French and Viennese music of late 19th/early 20th-century; Electro-acoustic Music; Composition, Purcell; Ethnomusicology; Aesthetics; Analysis; Music in Wales (incl. traditional music); Liturgy.

Information for international students

You are asked to submit a CV with your application, with a recent item of relevant written work and/or recent recording of a performance, and/or recording/score of a composition (as appropriate).

Fees and funding

Arts & Humanities Research Board; some University and school bursaries available

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-60 months
full time
24-36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

MA by research

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Pwyll ap Sion
01248 383808