Music Technology, Sonic Arts and Composition, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    11900
    Tuition (Year)
    4195
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
    Language

About

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.

They 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.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Duration part-time 36 months

      MPhil: 1-2 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time). PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time). PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended

Programme Structure

At Anglia Ruskin, you’ll find staff members who are particularly active in the following areas:

  • music composition (instrumental and electronic)
  • algorithmic composition (involving both hardware and software development)
  • live, real-time notation and its role in algorithmic composition, performance and improvisation
  • live, technology-mediated interaction in performance and improvisation and the notion of liveness in interaction
  • human computer interaction in music, in particular the role of movement, gesture and interaction from live performer
  • interaction between these elements and live capture of performed audio and its influence on live notation, performance and improvisation.

Lecturers

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.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 11900 International
  • GBP 4195 EU/EEA
UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

  • £2,098

Funding

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