Entry requirements

For full entry requirement details, please see the course page on the University website.

Months of entry


Course content

In a UNESCO City of Music with a wealth of musical institutions, organizations, festivals and events, our PhD students also have an opportunity to both study and participate through partnership with locally based cultural and creative industries.

Our lecturers and postgraduate students conduct research on a wide variety of topics in a vibrant and diverse department within an internationally renowned city of music. Our world-leading expertise in music encompasses numerous methodological approaches and critical perspectives including critical musicology, popular music studies, composition, music psychology and ethnomusicology. We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • Music industries
  • Music analysis – (with a particular emphasis on aesthetics, psychoanalysis, music and emotion, popular music)
  • Music and the moving image (film, television, music in gaming and music video)
  • Critical theoretical approaches (including Gender studies, race and ethnicity and diaspora)
  • Heritage and history
  • Non-Western musics
  • Composition (with a particular emphasis on its intersection with technology)
  • Technology and digitisation
  • Ethnography and ethnomusicology
  • Jazz studies
  • Music psychology

Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the Department’s research seminars and work as Teaching Assistants within the Department (with pedagogical training and support provided). There are also weekly research, career, and teaching seminars for all postgraduates. As a postgraduate student you'll be able to attend research seminars involving guest speakers from many disciplines and sub-disciplines.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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