Music (PhD)

2020-21 (also available for 2019-20)

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

Start date

21 September 2020

11 January 2021

Duration

The maximum duration for a part-time PhD is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

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

Places available (subject to change)

This is dependent upon supervisory capacity within the subject area

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472375

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. Individuals who work towards a PhD pursue a research project built around a substantial piece of work, which has to show evidence of original contribution to knowledge. Direct enrolment for the degree of PhD may be permitted to candidates;

  • who hold a Master's degree provided that the Master's degree is in a discipline which is appropriate to the proposed research and the Master's degree included training in research and the execution of a research project.
  • who, may not have a Master's degree but have a good honor’s degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline and has had appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

Any individual who has initially commenced study for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) may apply to transfer to a PhD when they have made sufficient progress on the work to provide evidence of the development to PhD.

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
  • 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.

Research community

Huddersfield has over 1,000 research students. We have students studying on a part time and full time basis from all over the world with around 45% from overseas and 55% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

If you are interested in finding our further information about our staff or research centres please refer to the [Research |www.hud.ac.uk/research]section of the website

Research support

The University has an exciting, comprehensive programme of research skills training and development opportunities for all postgraduate researchers. Postgraduate researchers at all stages of their registration, from initial enrolment to post-doctoral research, are provided with opportunities in discipline-specific, generic and transferable skills training which are aligned with the Research Development Framework that was developed by VITAE.

We will offer the skills training through a programme of blended learning to optimise the opportunity presented by advancing technologies as well as face-to-face workshops and courses. The University has subscribed to Epigeum, a programme of on-line research training support designed and managed by staff at Imperial College London which will be accessed via UniLearn, the university’s Virtual Learning Environment.

We offer a full induction programme for all new postgraduate researchers and delivered workshops led by external speakers on topics including Personal Development Planning and How to be an Effective Researcher.

Student support

Tuition fees

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

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The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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