Research course


University of Nottingham · Department of Music

Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

The department offers a broad range of expertise in musicology, composition and performance, with particular research strengths organised into four core research areas:

  • Music
  • Space and Place
  • Music-Text-Image
  • Musical Creativity and Community
  • Music, Politics and Identity

Other areas of expertise include ethnomusicology, popular music, globalisation, 19th-century music, music and language, and historical performance practice. Proposals for postgraduate research in any of the areas familiar to the staff in the department are welcome.

In addition to individual supervision, postgraduate students benefit from the department's lively programme of research activities, including regular training courses, workshops and visiting speakers; as well as the services provided by the University's Graduate School.

An MPhil normally equates to either two years of full-time or four years of part-time study, during which a 60,000-word thesis is written. A PhD normally equates to either three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, during which a 100,000-word thesis is written.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5843