Research course

Interdisciplinary themes in music

Open University · Department of Music

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

Interdisciplinary research is a particular strength of music at the OU. The Literature and Music Research Group within the Faculty of Arts is one of the major groups in this area in the UK, and music department 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, such as jazz performance, listening and interaction. 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. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.

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 Jazz reception and audiences 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 for more information.

Qualification and course duration


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


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

Course contact details

Dr Helen Coffey
+44 (0)1908 653280