Research course


University of Southampton · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

first or upper second-class degree and normally Masters at Merit level, or equivalent, in Music or a cognate discipline.

Months of entry


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).

Areas of research include: 16th-century Italian music; gender; popular music, especially early jazz; 18th-century music; music in the 1930s; 19th-century Italian opera; American music; rock; music and cross-cultural interaction; classical chamber music; Beethoven sketch studies; Schenker; composition, especially for film, theatre and television; music analysis; music semiotics; music and culture in Renaissance France; Nadia Boulanger; song and gender; music technology; polyphonic music 1150-1350; opera in 19th-century France; Mozart.

Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
60-84 months
full time
24-48 months

Course contact details

+44(0)23 8059 2858