Entry requirements

Suitable professional level of technical and musical ability to be assessed by interview and audition; good first degree in Music or performance diploma with distinction from a recognised conservatory.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry


Course content

Regular consultative sessions with an appropriate teacher or teachers on the candidate's chosen instrument or voice, seeking to develop repertoire, musical understanding and performance experience. Assessment will be by public recital(s) and a studio recording (total 60%). Students will also follow an agreed programme of original research into historical study, performance practice, editing, or analysis, focusing on a repertoire related or central to that of the practical area of study (40%).

Department specialisms

Performance (piano and chamber); Brahms; Viennese music of 19th-20th centuries; Janacek; Messiaen; Choral training and conducting; opera 1660-1700; traditional and harp music (especially Wales).

Information for international students

Overseas applicants should submit a recording of a recent performance with their application form.

Fees and funding

Arts & Humanities Research Board; some University and School bursaries available.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Pwyll ap Sion
01248 383808