Research course

Music

Institution
Open University · Department of Music
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entrance requirement is an upper second class honours degree or master's degree, relevant to the proposed area of study, from a recognised higher education institution in the UK.

Months of entry

October

Course content

The OU hosts a thriving music research culture encompassing historical, theoretical, ethnographic, social scientific and empirical approaches to musicology, as well as interdisciplinary fields including music computing and musical acoustics. Music research is developed through high-profile individual and collaborative projects, many of which have attracted substantial grants from the Research Councils and other funding bodies. Several of our individual researchers are internationally renowned in their own right, but our strength in collaborative work is just as important to us. A number of our researchers work with colleagues in different departments and faculties, and one of our most distinctive features is our strength in interdisciplinary research.

We accept applications for the PhD programme each year from November until mid-January. Students are encouraged to submit early. Please note that applications for studentships have independent deadlines that may precede or follow the normal January cut-off; these will be given in the advertisements for each studentship.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        full time
        15 months
          part time
          24 months

          Course contact details

          Name
          Course Enquiries
          Email
          FASS-Music-Enquiries@open.ac.uk
          Phone
          01908 653280