Research course


University of Bristol · Department of Music
PhDMMus by researchMPhil

Entry requirements

MPhil: An upper second-class degree (or international equivalent). Please note, acceptance will also depend on evidence of your readiness to pursue a research degree. MPhil/MMus/PhD: A pass at Master's level (or international equivalent).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The Department of Music is a centre of research excellence in both composition and musicology.

In composition, there is no particular 'house style', but we are well known for a number of areas including:

  • acoustic work, ranging from solo to symphonic scale;
  • electro-acoustic, including acousmatic composition;
  • composition exploring the interface of Western and non-Western traditions.

The department also provides access to a wide network of opportunities for professional and amateur performance.

In musicology, research strengths include not only the Western art music tradition, but screen media, non-Western and popular music. We have particular depth of expertise in the early Middle Ages and the Renaissance (especially in France and Spain), and in the 19th and 20th centuries (including the music of France, Britain and Soviet Russia). We also have expertise in Anglophone vernacular traditions including jazz and hip hop; in opera, film, music and the history and philosophy of technology, music and migration, and cultural and reception history more generally.

Several musicology students are co-supervised between the Department of Music and a related department, such as Russian, English or History.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time: £4,185 Part time: 2,093
International students

The University of Bristol is part of the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), which will be offering studentships for September 2017. For information on other funding opportunities, please see the Faculty of Arts funding pages.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MMus by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0) 117 331 8458