Entry requirements

Candidates are normally expected to have a first or upper second class Honours degree, or equivalent, and to have completed, or be about to complete, a taught master's degree involving music.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Research-active staff at the School of Music offer supervision in all areas across

  • musicology
  • composition
  • performance.

You may specialise in any of these areas for PhD, presenting work in one of three different formats: a thesis, a portfolio of compositions with commentary, or a performance recital with supporting thesis.

We combine acknowledged research expertise in dedicated areas with a commitment to the wider scholarly world, and a clear sense of our role in the cultural life of a capital city.

Strategic collaborations with international organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, and National Museum Wales, allow us to make extensive contributions to the world of music, both within and beyond academia.

We are home to an active and engaged postgraduate community. Our postgraduates are encouraged to play an integral role in our research culture, including participating in research events, projects, and seminars.

Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries