Research course

Musical Composition

Institution
University of Birmingham · Department of Music
Qualifications
PhDMA by research

Entry requirements

Our requirements for postgraduate research are dependent on the type of programme you are applying for:

  • For MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree in Music or a related subject, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • If you are applying for a PhD then you will usually also need to hold a good Masters qualification in Music or a related subject.

Any academic and professional qualifications or relevant professional experience you may have are normally taken into account, and in some cases, form an integral part of the entrance requirements.

If you are applying for distance learning research programmes, you will also be required to demonstrate that you have the time, commitment, facilities and experience to study by distance learning.

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Music as a creative art form in the 21st century can combine both tradition and innovation, bringing together instruments (some new, some with centuries of history) and the latest in high technology.

As a composer today all of these resources are available to you, and our research degrees in composition aim to foster your skills as you navigate this exciting new world.

On this programme you can create works which use electroacoustics and computer technology, traditional (and not so traditional) instrumental and vocal composition, or which combine these aspects. Works for interactive systems, multimedia, and sound installations are also welcome, and you are encouraged to find your own individual path.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
36-72 months
full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MA by research

distance learning
12-24 months
full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Name
Dr Christopher Haworth
Email
c.p.haworth@bham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)121 414 6177