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 (and performance techniques) from the 15th to the 21st century
  • musical and textual sources
  • film music and recordings.

We specialise in:

  • composers, including Handel, Clementi, Mahler and Ireland
  • the social history of music
  • music in Scotland, England and Wales
  • Australian music
  • North American indigenous music
  • music and/as public culture
  • musical migrations
  • music and film
  • the history of music in theatrical contexts.

Work on vernacular music, especially brass bands, jazz, devotional music and dance music, is also an important focus.

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
  • Reception history of William Byrd’s Latin-texted music in Britain
  • AMM and the development of free improvisation as musical practice
  • Understanding and interpreting the six suites for violoncello by J.S. Bach
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Revelation and Fall: Influence Study and Analysis
Potential supervisors

Department specialisms

We welcome enquiries relating to any of our current areas of expertise. If appropriate, students may be attached to one of our ongoing funded projects: G. F. Handel: The Collected Documents Cultures of Brass Atlantic Sounds: Ships and Sailortowns The Listening Experience Database.

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

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

Course contact details

Name
Dr Helen Coffey
Email
arts-music-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 653280