Research course


Keele University · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally require a masters degree in a relevant subject.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Professional research training through devising and implementing a research project, undertaking formal and informal training in subject-specific and transferable skills, and professional development activities.

The department specialises in 20th-century-based research: composition (acoustic and electro-acoustic) and musicology are both strongly represented. The departmental building houses 2 analogue studios, a MIDI area and a computer room.

Music achieved a 100% research intensity rating with all of its research active staff being entered. As a result, it is ranked 23rd out of 84 in the Times Higher Education for research intensity.

Department specialisms

Musicology (20th-Century French, German, Polish and British musics, Theory and Analysis, Critical Theory, Film, TV & Game Music, Cultural History, Popular Music) Composition (Acoustic and electro – acoustic) Music Technology (Software development, aesthetics, analysis)

Research Excellence Framework (REF) score

Information for international students

English Language proficiency required to IELTs 6.5. Keele has research students from over 50 different countries. We offer a safe green campus environment. Support specifically for international students includes an International Students Support Officer and free English language support.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
Prospective applicants are advised to look regularly from December onwards to see if there are any opportunities available in your field.
Key sponsors: AHRC, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-84 months
full time
24-48 months


full time
12-24 months
part time
24-36 months

Course contact details

PGR Administrator
+44 (0)1782 733641