Entry requirements

Entry is on the basis of a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience. Candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research will be required to evidence appropriate experience and expertise.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

Our research degrees prepare you for success at each stage of your PhD project development. The structure is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates.

Completion of the programme entails submission of a thesis, the submission of practice if undertaking a practice-based PhD, and an oral viva with external examiners.

PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training:

  • University-level training is provided by the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme and the University Library including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva.There is also an annual student-led University Postgraduate conference.
  • School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker events and conferences.
  • You will also receive subject-specific training that will vary depending on your programme. You may participate in research “intensives”, featuring formal presentations of work by students, keynote seminars, study groups on current themes in Arts research, and research skills training sessions. You may meet regularly for debate and discussion and participate in annual formal presentations of research.

Academic members of staff within the School of Arts are well known internationally for their exceptionally strong research profile. We have a strong record of graduate completions.

Key research areas include:

  • Analysis
  • 20th-century concert music, especially Bartok, Stravinsky, Mahler, Elgar, Britten
  • Popular musics, particularly rock, jazz, electronic dance music
  • Aesthetics of sound and music
  • Contemporary music and its composition and performance
  • Critical musicology
  • Music for screen
  • Folk music studies
  • Composition
  • Psychoacoustic engineering
  • Acoustic-perception modelling
  • Performance studies and techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Acoustics
  • Digital signal processing
  • Psychoacoustics (theoretical and experimental)
  • Statistical analysis and user-interface design
  • Spatial audio: perception and reproduction

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above. Auditions will be held for entry to some programmes.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees and funding

UK students
£4195
International students
£16,000

As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, our highest quality students may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver).

Faculty studentships are also available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
30-48 months
part time
60-96 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Admissions
Email
arts-admissions@surrey.ac.uk
Phone
01483 686 509