Research course

Music Theatre Research Programme

Institution
University of Sussex · School of Media, Film and Music
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

MPhil in Music Theatre : Normally a Masters degree or equivalent professional experience in a subject related to your chosen area of research. Applicants wishing to take the Composition option must produce evidence of compositional ability. PhD in Music Theatre : Normally a Masters degree or equivalent professional experience in a subject related to your chosen area of research. Applicants wishing to take the Composition option must produce evidence of compositional ability. For More Information: ttp://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1666#qualifications

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

  • PhD in Music Theatre
  • MPhil in Music Theatre

Our PhD courses provide you with the support and resources necessary to complete an original and substantial piece of research. The main fields in which research supervision is available are composition, musicology and music theatre. It is also possible to study for an MPhil.

Contact us in good time to discuss your research proposal so we can put you in touch with the best supervisors for your work and help you develop your application. Entry in September is normally recommended to enable you to get the benefit of the many research events that take place throughout the autumn and spring, and also to benefit from induction and research training opportunities.

For the PhD in Music Theatre, your thesis consists of either a substantial performance work or a performance work with a portfolio of compositions. A discursive and critical written component of between 20,000 and 40,000 words (or between 10,000 and 20,000 words for the MPhil) is also required.

Supervision

You normally have two supervisors; they offer complementary perspectives on your work, perhaps reflecting a theory and practice balance, crucial for your development as a researcher. They help you devise a detailed programme of study tailored to the individual research project and offer regular guidance and feedback until completion.

Research training and coursework

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training and to take other postgraduate modules that may be recommended by their supervisors. The first term (or first two terms for part-time students) is devoted to developing the research plan. By the end of the first year (or second year for part-time students), you have completed and presented a draft chapter or report. Composition students would typically aim to produce a substantial composition work and related critical or theoretical writing within the same timescale. In the second year, a further sample of work is read by a thesis panel in order to assess progress and give you a small-scale mock viva experience. You are then ready to bring your project to fruition by the end of your final year.

Recent and current PhD projects

Musical alterity and embodied practice (theory/ practice)

Sonification of the body (theory/practice)

Sound scores for early avant-garde film (composition)

Temporality in post-tonal music (composition)

The representation of animals in music theatre (theory/practice)

The impact of Stravinsky’s ballets on conducting techniques in the 20th century (historical musicology)

Department specialisms

For further information visit the webpage below.

Information for international students

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1666#qualifications

Fees and funding

UK students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1666#fees
International students
http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/pg/2016/research/1666#fees

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months

MPhil

full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Name
Student Recruitment Services
Email
s.maddox@sussex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1273 873525