Research course

Sonic Arts

Queen's University Belfast · School of Creative Arts

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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:

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.

Months of entry


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 on our website

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr Simon Waters
028 9097 4069