Research course


University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

First- or upper second-class degree and normally Masters at Merit level, or equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, in Music or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

We offer excellent research facilities and expert supervision in a wide variety of subjects. Staff expertise is among the broadest in the country, ranging from medieval music to the 21st century. We have specialists in areas including historical musicology, theory and analysis, music technology, opera studies, cultural policy, music in popular culture, ethnomusicology, and music and gender. Another major focus is the study and practice of performance, where you may submit recital or other performance work as part of your thesis. Composition is another particular strength, and we offer supervision in a variety of idioms (classical, jazz, pop music for film and theatre).

Note: candidates are advised to contact prospective supervisors with the subject of their proposed research prior to application.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    60-84 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 23 8059 8062