Research course


The University of Manchester · Music

Entry requirements

Applicants for a PhD are normally required to have a Masters degree in Music, or the overseas equivalent. A UK merit standard (or overseas equivalent) at masters level, either achieved or in prospect.

Composition, Electroacoustic Composition, and Musicology

Months of entry


Course content

The department hold Research afternoons every Thursday which include guest lectures, performance workshops (some by the quartet-in-residence, the Quatuor Danel), and presentations in research by both staff and postgraduate students. There are also composer workshops given by Psappha, the department's contemporary Ensemble in Association.The department offers specialist research training, and advice on career development, which is complemented by training offered through the School and Faculty.

Department specialisms

Medieval Music; Music in Restoration England; Beethoven; Mendelssohn; Schumann; Shostakovich and Weinberg; Music in Corsica; Ethnomusicology; Composition; Electro-acoustic Composition; Contemporary Music. Please visit the University of Manchester website for full details of current staff and their research interests.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 575 (paper-based) or 233 (computer-based) or GCSE English grade C.

Fees and funding

In most years departmental and Faculty bursaries are available. Candidates applying for AHRC funding through the University will be considered for these awards. The deadline is usually 1st March. Overseas students can apply for ORS, the deadline is usually early January. Please see the University website or contact Postgraduate Admissions.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0)161 275 3559
+44 (0)161 275 5987