Research course

Sonic Arts

Institution
Queen's University Belfast · School of Creative Arts
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

  • DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
  • MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)
ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

PhD, MPhil

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) has seen a dramatic growth in research activities and interests since it was officially opened by Karlheinz Stockhausen during the Sonorities Festival in April 2004. An established centre of excellence dedicated to the research of music and technology, SARC is a unique interdisciplinary environment, which has united internationally-recognised experts in the areas of musical composition, performance, spatial audio, sound and interactivity, virtual acoustic instruments and cultural and critical aspects of sonic arts. The Centre is established in a purpose-built facility located alongside the engineering departments of Queen's. SARC's centrepiece, the Sonic Laboratory, provides a unique space for cutting-edge initiatives in the creation and delivery of music and audio. The Sonic Laboratory's uniqueness is vested in the degree of flexibility it can provide for experiments in 3D sound diffusion and for ground-breaking compositional and performance work within a purpose-built, variable acoustic space.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

Computational acoustics including physical modelling

Contemporary performance practices including new music, improvisation, experimental music, live electronic music, computer-interactive performance, interdisciplinary performance, site-specific and distributed performance

  • Creative practice in all areas of composition, new media and installation
  • Critical performance studies
  • Cultural and critical aspects of the sonic arts and sound art
  • Performance systems design
  • Performance with new technologies
  • Soundscape studies and locative media
  • Spatial audio

Information for international students

Full details can be found on the Queen's University website.

Fees and funding

Applicants should refer to the relevant School's website for information. Details may be found at http://www.qub.ac.uk/SchoolsDepartments

Qualification and course duration

PhD

part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Simon Waters
Email
s.waters@qub.ac.uk
Phone
028 9097 4069