The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree.
Months of entry
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.
A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
Once you have identified your potential supervisor, please use the contact details for enquiries. You may also approach your potential supervisor directly.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
Ethnomusicology; Composition; English and Continental 16th-century Music; Sociomusicology; Critical Musicology; Analysis of Creative Processes in Music/Improvisation Studies; Contemporary Music; Popular Music; Jazz Studies.
Information for international students
All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support.
Candidates require one of the following:
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)
Fees and funding
Please see the funding page for more details.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
- +44 (0) 1895 267051