Entry requirements

We normally require either a good honours degree or a masters degree in a relevant subject. If it has been some time since your first degree we also give weight to other evidence of your research potential and to your work experience. If you want to do research in a subject other than that of your first degree, or if you have been out of formal higher education for a number of years, you may consider that the School's MA Programme would be a better first step than applying directly to do a research degree.

Months of entry

January, April, September

Course content

Research students are an important element of the research community. Emphasis is placed on regular and close supervision, with a director of studies supported by one or two other staff members in a supervisory team.

All students undertake research training in their first year, and are encouraged to participate in the extensive programme of seminars, conferences and colloquia run by the various research groups.

Department specialisms

Historical Musicology; Popular Music Studies; Composition and Sonic Art. Opera and Operatic Studies; Popular Music; interdisciplinary territory of Sonic Art. Creative and Performing Arts for Sound Artist Max Eastley. music in C16th nunneries; the work of Radiohead; C19th and C20th Opera to the Sonic Archaeology of urban sites.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you must satisfy our English language requirements by providing us with evidence of a minimum: IELTS 7.0; TOEFL paper-based 600; TOEFL computer-based 250+; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A or B.

Fees and funding

Funding opportunities can be found at: Finance

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-60 months
part time
48-72 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Professor Ray Lee
+44 (0) 1865 484065