Research course

Music (Musicology)

The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Our PhD Music (Musicology) programme will enable you to develop historical and/or analytical skills at an advanced level, with independence and originality of thought combined with technical skill.

Your supervised research will normally be related in some way to the research interests of a member of staff. These currently include but are not limited to:

  • Medieval and Renaissance music;
  • English Baroque music;
  • Baroque music theory and performance practice;
  • Beethoven and his contemporaries;
  • Music in 19th-century Germany (Mendelssohn, Schubert);
  • Analysis;
  • 20th-century music, especially that of Russia and the Soviet Union;
  • 20th-century symphony;
  • Opera;
  • Music in contemporary culture;
  • Ethnomusicology;
  • Music revivals in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Musicologists and ethnomusicologists will produce an 80,000-word dissertation that presents independent and original research executed at a high standard.

You will be assigned a research panel consisting of your supervisor, a co-supervisor and advisor who will meet with you on a regular basis to monitor your progress.

Postgraduate students are expected to take part in the academic community of the department and the University by participating in seminars and presenting their research at regular intervals.

Fees and funding

International students

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

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures