Research course

Music

Institution
Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent and a master’s degree, or international equivalent.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our Music MPhil and PhD programmes enable you to pursue advanced research in the areas of classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music through a range of approaches. These include practice-based research, and musicological and theoretical inquiry.
Practice-based research focuses on composition, performance and improvisation.
Areas of musicological and theoretical inquiry can include the following approaches:
  • cultural and critical
  • historiographic
  • ethnomusicological
  • music analytical
  • philosophical and aesthetic
If you choose to engage in academic research you are normally assessed by a thesis of no more than 100,000 words for PhD and 50,000 words for MPhil, inclusive of notes, bibliography and appendices. If you choose to undertake practice-base research you will normally submit a portfolio (eg of scores, sound files, video files, other forms of documentation or some combination of these), supplemented by a related dissertation to explain the larger, practice-based component.

Information for international students

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills. If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English Language course.

Fees and funding

See our programme fees and funding web page.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Jane Hagger, School Teaching and Learning Officer, School of Arts and Cultures
Email
pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0) 191 208 6525