Music (PhD)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

23 September 2019

13 January 2020

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

Application deadlines

For PGR start date January 2020

29 November 2019

For PGR start date April 2020

11 February 2020

For PGR start date September 2020

02 July 2020

About the research degree

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019, where the University of Huddersfield was 25th in the world for 'Performing Arts'.

A PhD is the highest academic award for which a student can be registered.This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge.

A full time PhD is a three year programme of research and culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written work in the form of a research thesis that should not normally exceed 80,000 words.Alternatively in the music subject where the submission is accompanied by material in other than written form, the written commentary should normally be a minimum of 15,000 words.

Completing a PhD can give you a great sense of personal achievement and help you develop a high level of transferable skills which will be useful in your subsequent career, as well as contributing to the development of knowledge in your chosen field.

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • A Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or appropriate research, or
  • professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

The University of Huddersfield has one of the largest Music and Music Technology postgraduate communities in the UK. With approximately 100 students representing numerous fields of study and well over a dozen nationalities, our postgraduate community is a vital and vibrant part of the life of the department. Recognised research strengths in music include:

  • composition (including instrumental composition, film music composition and electroacoustic composition)
  • contemporary music performance and improvisation
  • sonic arts
  • music technology
  • early music
  • historically informed performance practices
  • music analysis
  • cultural, historical and critical musicologies
  • popular music
  • archival research
  • music archaeology
  • music, politics and identity
  • music technology, creativity, and learning
  • opera and musical theatre
  • voice and embodiment
  • the art of music production
  • digital, systematic and empirical musicologies

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our experts’ which features profiles of all our academic staff.

You will need to complete a research proposal outlining your areas of interest and when this is submitted along with your research degree application form we will look for the academics within the University who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree.

Researcher Enviroment

Huddersfield has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading institution for teaching and research in Music and Music Technology.

Our staff are internationally-recognised researchers, and our extensive industry partnerships with ensembles, record labels, arts organisations, and software companies provide unrivaled professional development opportunities for our students.

You can read more about the department's staff and research at https;//research.hud.ac.uk/music/

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