Our research encompasses critical and contextual investigation, mostly focused on twentieth-century and contemporary music and performance practice, including Cuban music for example, but also early music practice and reception through the work of ethnomusicologist researchers. These areas of investigation frequently support the practice-based activities of contributing staff, both in the areas of composition and performance.
The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. You’ll benefit from a variety of research-oriented events, including our Faculty and departmental research seminar series, performance events and international conferences.
We also enjoy links with the wider community, including local arts venues like The Junction, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Kettle's Yard; the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); and various NHS health providers.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
Our staff are recognised as experts in their fields and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles, edited collections, compositions, recordings and creative artefacts.
Dr Jon Banks, BA, MA, DPhil (Lecturer): world music and ethnomusicology; music of the Middle East; temperament and tuning systems; music and science; historical music.
Dr Tom Hall, BA, MA, DPhil (Senior Lecturer): electronic and algorithmic music; computer-aided composition; pitch-class approaches to post-tonal tonality; the music of Morton Feldman; immersive sound art and Hörspiel.
Dr Richard Hoadley, BA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): algorithmic composition; the human computer interface and development.
Paul Jackson, BA, MA, PGCE (Principal Lecturer): the music of Percy Grainger; modernist music; contemporary music theatre; music performance studies.
Dr Paul Rhys, BA, Dip, PhD (Senior Lecturer): composition; microtonality; nineteen-note equal temperament; live performance with computers.
MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.
PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.
If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
£4,500UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)
£2,650International students, 2016/2017 (MPhil/Phd, per year, full time)
£11,200PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)
£1,000PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)
£3,200Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)
£1,300Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)
£1,300UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000
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