Research course

Interdisciplinary themes in music

Institution
Open University · Department of Music
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry

October

Course content

Interdisciplinary research is a particular strength of music at the OU. The Literature and Music Research Group within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is one of the major groups in this area in the UK, and Music discipline staff are also members of other OU research groups including those for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and Digital Humanities. We support students working in music and visual arts; music and film; and music and religion. In addition, researchers from different faculties work together on areas of common interest. Strategic research funds are being deployed to support the development of themes that bring together academics and students from different disciplinary backgrounds.

We welcome applications in areas that correspond to current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach.

Potential research projects

  • Literature and music
  • Music and film
  • Audiences, listening and participation
  • Creativity, innovation and labour
  • Sound, soundscapes and sonic environments
  • Digital humanities

We are happy to consider research projects relating to one or more of the disciplinary areas listed above.

Current/recent research projects

  • The role of music in selected novels and associated writings of Alejo Carpentier
  • Drone Metal and Mysticism
  • Narrativity in Popular Music
  • Spirituality in the music of Edmund Rubbra

Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

- Literature and music - Music and film - Audiences, listening and participation - Creativity, innovation and labour - Sound, soundscapes and sonic environments - Digital humanities

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding for more information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months
distance learning
variable months

MPhil

distance learning
variable months
part time
24 months
full time
15 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Helen Coffey
Email
FASS-Music-Enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 653280