Research course


Bangor University · School of Music
PhDMPhilMA by research

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