Research course

Musical Performance

University of Nottingham · Department of Music

Entry requirements

  • Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience.
  • If your masters is in a subject other than music you must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.


Provide approximately 45 minutes of contrasting repertoire, submitted as a recent unedited video performance (provided online or on DVD).

Months of entry

February, April, July, October, December

Course content

The PhD in Musical Performance is available to advanced performers wishing to undertake practice-led research at the highest level. The degree will enable you to deepen critical engagement with and understanding of performance practice while exploring specific aspects of technique or repertoire.

Through an agreed programme of original research you will:

  • Deepen critical engagement with, and understanding of, performance practice
  • Explore specific aspects of technique or repertoire.

There are many opportunities to perform both individually and as part of ensembles, on-campus and as part of the wider Nottingham musical scene.

Research areas

Our research strengths are grouped into four themes.

Music, space and place

  • Music and musical culture in a specific time and place
  • Transnational and transcultural exchange
  • Urban geographies and mobility


  • How music interacts with other art forms
  • Applying and developing methodologies from other disciplines

Musical creativity and community

  • Musical creativity
  • Development of communities and networks

Music, politics and identity

  • How music has contributed to local, national and international political change
  • How music shapes individual identities

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    upto 48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    upto 96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0) 115 951 5151