Our regular standard of admission is at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree (2:1), although candidates will usually also have completed or be undertaking a Masters qualification.
- a straightforward, descriptive, and informative title
- the question that your research will address
- an account of why this question is important and worth investigating
- an assessment of how your own research will engage with recent study in the subject
- a brief account of the methodology and approach you will take
- a discussion of the primary sources that your research will draw upon, including printed books, manuscripts, archives, libraries, or museums
- an indicative bibliography of secondary sources that you have already consulted and/or are planning to consult
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, September, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Music at Glasgow has a dynamic, supportive but rigorous research culture with a strong sense of community linked by ideas and practice.
Music PhDs at Glasgow comprise a process of research over 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time that leads to either a thesis that may be supported by practical work, or a portfolio of practical work supported by a written component. If your work is centred on cultural or historical musicology, this provides great opportunity to support your main thesis with performance, edition or other forms of musical practice. If you are a composer, improvisor, or sonic artist, this provides a great opportunity to develop your creative work and present this as a substantial piece of practice research.
Topics in which we would welcome postgraduate research include:
- Composition, including experimental music, intercultural aspects of composition and music and the moving image
- Historical and cultural musicology, including philosophy and aesthetics of music, music in popular culture, music and politics and music and modernism.
- Sonic arts and audiovisual practice, including live electronics, spatial composition and sound design and sound art aesthetics
- Performance, including historically informed performance and contemporary music practices.
Sound Thought postgraduate showcase
Our thriving postgraduate community have a chance once a year to present their work in front of a public audience at our annual postgraduate showcase event, SoundThought. SoundThought is entirely run by the postgraduate community and has taken place at many of Glasgow's top arts venues; the 2016 edition will take place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) between 30th March and 1st April.
Start dates are set by both the supervisor and the department. As such some PHD options will have fixed start dates (likely January/October) and others have a rolling intake. For more details please contact the relevant department.
Information for international students
Fees and funding
- College of Arts Graduate School funding opportunities
- Eligibility and submission details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017
- Eligibility and application details : closing date is Friday 15 December 2017 (we must also have received your PhD application by this date)
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details