Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is an undergraduate degree of at least 2:1 (upper second) standard. We would normally consider a taught Masters level qualification to be an important precursor to research. All applicants for a research degree should send an outline of their proposed topic and a sample of their written academic work with their application.

Months of entry

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

Course content

Research for the degrees of MPhil and PhD may be carried out within the Music department and the Institute of Popular Music.

The likely annual intake for these degrees is six to eight students. Some recent and current thesis topics include:

  • The Structural Role of Sound and Music in Videogames
  • Tyrolean Identity and Critical Regionalism in Popular Musics
  • Popular Music in Chile during the Pinochet Years
  • Music and the Everyday Lives of Adults with Learning Difficulties
  • Towards E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Opera Aesthetic
  • Rock Music in China
  • Musical Form and Irish Modernist Literature: A study of Samuel Beckett’s prose works
  • Local Music Scenes and the On-Line World
  • Popular Music in Contemporary Films of Britain, Spain, and Italy

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)151 794 5927