Research course


University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

Months of entry

January, April, July

Course content

The Department of Music and Media is a respected authority in musical research and sound technology. Thanks to our renowned expertise in musicology, performance, 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, collaborators, and alumni.

Research in music brings together a broad range of interconnected subject areas, focussed in our internationally acclaimed research centres housed in state of the art facilities:

  • International Guitar Research Centre (IGRC)
  • Institute of Austrian and German Music Research (IAGMR)
  • Institute of Sound Recording (IoSR)
  • Digital World research Centre (DWRC)

The Department is highly collegiate, with a close-knit and supportive academic environment. Academic members of staff are well known internationally for their exceptionally strong research profiles.

Information for international students

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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

+44 (0)1483 682 222