Entry requirements

To apply for our Conservatoire PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university. Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area, may be considered. We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience. You will also audition and interview. Visit our course page for more information on the process.

Months of entry


Course content

Our Conservatoire PhD will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support performance, composition or a scholarly career. Conservatoire research degrees can be pursued in a wide-range of interests in composition, music technology and musicology, including practice-based research.

We support a range of thesis submissions, including composition portfolio supported by written commentary or a combination of written and performance elements as well as a traditional written thesis. For more information on the research areas we support, please visit our website.

Department specialisms

Performance Studies Composition Practice-led research Jazz performance and composition Electronic Music Composition and Performance Musician-centred Interaction Design Music and Audio Software Development Experimental Music French Music, notably Charpentier, Lully, Rameau, Ravel, Milhaud and Messiaen (within our French Music Research Hub) Contemporary Film and Television Music, Theory and Analysis Late Medieval Music, Theory and Critical Editing Italian Baroque Music 20th-Century Music Theory and Analysis Music Critics and Criticism Jazz/Popular Music Practice and Cultural Theory (with Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research)

Information for international students

Support in English for academic purposes is available.

Fees and funding

Some funding is available for PhD applicants to apply for. For more information please visit this webpage.

Qualification and course duration


part time
Appox. 84 months
full time
Approx. 48 months

Course contact details

Chris Dingle
+44 (0)121 331 5901