Research course

Music

Institution
University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Qualifications
PhD

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Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience.

Months of entry

January, April, July

Course content

Surrey is a respected authority in sound technology and musical research. Thanks to our renowned expertise in musicology and composition, and the prestige of the Institute of Sound Recording, we can count many household names in entertainment, audio technology and the recording industry among our partners and collaborators.

Research in music and sound brings together a broad range of interconnected subject areas, including digital arts, film, music, and sound recording. Facilities include industry-specification sound-recording studios, music-practice rooms and venues for concert performance and musical theatre.

The School is highly collegiate, with a close-knit and supportive academic environment. It is home to the Institute of Sound Recording, one of the world’s leading centres for research in psychoacoustic engineering and sound perception.

Our musical research and composition is recognised internationally through established scholarly channels and broadcast media. We are also principal organisers of the Guildford International Music Festival.

Our music programmes were ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020. Academic members of staff are well known internationally for their exceptionally strong research profiles.

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

As a PhD student within our Department of Music and Media, you will conduct a research project within one of our areas of research strength. 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 on all programmes in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can expect three levels of research training: University-level, School-level and subject-specific.

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.

Supervisors

Before you submit your formal application form, please take a look at our list of Department of Music and Media supervisors.

Once you have found an appropriate supervisor, please contact them to discuss your proposal. You should then proceed to complete and submit your formal application form.

Research support

The professional development of postgraduate researchers is supported by the Doctoral College, which provides training in essential skills through its Researcher Development Programme of workshops, mentoring and coaching. A dedicated postgraduate Careers and Employability team will help you prepare for a successful career after the completion of your PhD.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admissions@surrey.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1483 682 222