Research course

Centre for Musical Research

Bath Spa University · School of Music and the Performing Arts

Entry requirements

Applicants would normally as a minimum hold a first or upper second class honours degree from a UK HEI, or its equivalent. A relevant master's degree is also preferred. Applicants should note that they will normally be required to undertake research training as part of their studies unless they can demonstrate equivalent prior training (eg through a relevant Master's programme). Students register as an Advanced Postgraduate in the first instance. Application for formal registration for either the degree of PhD or MPhil takes place within six months, subject to a detailed and satisfactory proposal.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Bath Spa offer supervision in Music as a research area, in particular practice-led proposals that incorporate a portfolio of creative work. As a research centre, 80% of our submission was recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 10% judged as being world-leading in the latest RAE exercise. Recent funded research projects include an investigation into the composition and performance practice of text scores, visual music, and songwriting in the higher education curriculum. All our staff are active as practitioners - full details, as well as information about the research environment, can be found on our website.

Department specialisms

Research can be supported in the following areas in particular: composition (electro-acoustic and instrumental), sonic art, experimental music, visual music, contemporary music, contemporary performance and performance practice, music analysis, historical performance, early notations, preparing critical and performing editions, medieval and renaissance musicology, early music, and ethnomusicology.

Information for international students

International students who do not have English as their first language may have to undertake an IELTS or TOEFL language test. The minimum accepted standard would be 6.5 on the IELTS scale. A higher standard for admission may be required in some fields.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24 - 60 months
part time
36 - 72 months


full time
18 - 36 months
part time
30 - 48 months

Course contact details

Research Administrator
01225 875510
01225 875496