Research course

The Historical and Contemporary Study of Music

Institution
Open University · Department of Music
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry

October

Course content

OU academics investigate an array of musical practices in a variety of contexts, both historically and in the present day. Topics include:

  • performance contexts from the 15th to the 21st century
  • musical and textual sources
  • film music and recordings
  • electronic music.

We specialise in:

  • composers, including Handel, Clementi and Mahler
  • the social history of music
  • women in music
  • devotional music
  • North American indigenous music
  • music and/as public culture
  • musical migrations
  • music and film
  • the performance of electronic music
  • the history of music in theatrical contexts.

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 us (details below).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    15 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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