All applicants must meet our general entry and language requirements.
Months of entry
The PhD in Creative Music Practice involves research that combines textual and musical outputs, e.g. composition, performance (either of original or pre-existing repertoire), installation, sound design and interactive music software.
The outputs will take the form of a portfolio, performance, and/or recording, as well as theoretical work and documentation of the processes by which the music was made (e.g. video, photographs, recordings, sketches, studies, web pages).
The musical outputs will be explicitly linked to the textual material. This linkage may take various forms: musical material might exemplify, contextualize, and/or expand an idea elaborated in the text, and vice versa.
The programme requires candidates to critically evaluate and articulate the relationship of textual to extra-textual media in the formation of musical knowledge.
The format of the PhD thesis would consist of a text of not more than 50,000 words and a comprehensive record of the musical material (recordings, scores, software etc.) contained in a coherent and archive-able format (bound thesis and/or CD/DVD). In the case of theses relating to live musical performances, documentation in the form of high quality audio and video recordings is central to the submitted materials.
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Course contact details
- ECA Graduate School
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