Research course


University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

At Sussex, we pride ourselves on our strengths in critical and theoretical thinking about music. As a member of our department you’ll have the opportunity to work with scholars specialising in:

  • musicology
  • opera
  • musical theatre
  • popular music
  • computer music
  • music philosophy
  • electronic music
  • film and media music
  • composition.

Our faculty work at the crossroads between high and low cultures. We do interdisciplinary research, drawing from fields as diverse as gender studies, critical race theory, performance studies, technological engineering and informatics.

You’ll join a vibrant community of active researchers and be encouraged to take part in our regular research groups and symposia. We welcome applicants aspiring to produce a challenging and original dissertation.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

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