Research course

Sonic Arts

Queen's University Belfast · School of Creative Arts

Entry requirements

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PhD, MPhil

Months of entry


Course content

Research Strategies

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.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Dr Simon Waters