Research course


University of Edinburgh · Edinburgh College of Art
PhDMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Research profile

Members of staff engage in research at an international level in:

  • Composition (including Electroacoustic Composition, Algorithmic Composition, and Computer Music);
  • Film Music;
  • Music in the Community;
  • Music Psychology;
  • Music Technology;
  • Organology;
  • Performance Practice;
  • Renaissance and Baroque Music;
  • 19th and 20th century Music;
  • Popular Music and Music Sociology.

Interdisciplinary research can also be supervised in the following areas:

  • Acoustics of Musical Instruments;
  • Musical Informatics;
  • Music and Architecture;
  • Music Education.

The principal centres of research activity are:

  • Composition;
  • Musicology;
  • Institute for Music in Human and Social Development;
  • Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments;
  • Music Informatics Research Group;
  • Musical Acoustics;
  • Music in the Community.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

SAAS, College scholarships, ORS, AHRC, Scottish Arts Council

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

ECA Graduate School
+44 (0) 131 651 5736