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Conservatoire Research Degrees, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (WUR) Birmingham, United Kingdom| Online
The Conservatoire Research Degrees PhD at Birmingham City University will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support performance, composition or a scholarly career
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Overview

Conservatoire research degrees can be pursued in a wide-range of interests in composition, music technology and musicology, including practice-based research.

Your research will be delivered over four years (full-time) or seven years (part-time).

We support a range of thesis submissions, including composition portfolio supported by written commentary or a combination of written and performance elements as well as a traditional written thesis.

PhD Supervisors and Specialisms

Conservatoire research degrees are overseen by Carrie Churnside. They are supported by a team of supervisors (appointed from our Research Staff) who have a wide range of specialisms and expertise including:

  • Composition
  • Music technology
  • Performance studies
  • Musicology

PhD Research Interests

We particularly welcome your initial PhD enquiry for the Conservatoire PhD within the following research areas:

  • Performance Studies
  • Composition
  • Practice-led research
  • Jazz performance and composition
  • Electronic Music Composition and Performance
  • Musician-centred Interaction Design
  • Music and Audio Software Development
  • Experimental Music
  • French Music, notably Charpentier, Lully, Rameau, Ravel, Milhaud and Messiaen (within our French Music Research Hub)
  • Contemporary Film and Television Music, Theory and Analysis
  • Late Medieval Music, Theory and Critical Editing
  • Italian Baroque Music
  • 20th-Century Music Theory and Analysis
  • Music Critics and Criticism
  • Jazz/Popular Music Practice and Cultural Theory (with Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research)

Since our mission is to promote the highest standards of performance and composition, it follows that our Research Policy is sharply focused on these activities.

Why Apply for a Conservatoire Research Degrees programme at Birmingham City University?

When you join us you will become a member of the thriving research culture at Birmingham Conservatoire.

You will enjoy exclusive use of a dedicated workspace as well as access to the Conservatoire’s performance facilities and state of- the-art electronic music studios.

You may also take part in the full range of practical activities and lectures available within the Conservatoire.

You will have the opportunity to take advantage of strong links with professional ensembles such as CBSO and BCMG.

Your PhD research will be organised as a programme of professional and academic development.

You will receive individual support and guidance from our team of supervisors, meeting on a regular basis to review your progress and plan your next steps.

You will feel a strong sense of community amongst students and supervisors.

You can strengthen your PhD research and personal/professional development by participating in wider international research communities and conferences, and may have opportunities to teach within the Conservatoire.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 42 months
    • Duration description

      Full Time (3-4 years) Part Time (4-7 years) Distance Learning (4-7 years)

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Performance Studies
  • Composition
  • Practice-led research
  • Jazz performance and composition
  • Electronic Music Composition and Performance 
  • Musician-centred Interaction Design
  • Music and Audio Software Development
  • Experimental Music
  • French Music, notably Charpentier, Lully, Rameau, Ravel, Milhaud and Messiaen (within our French Music Research Hub)
  • Contemporary Film and Television Music, Theory and Analysis
  • Late Medieval Music, Theory and Critical Editing
  • Italian Baroque Music
  • 20th-Century Music Theory and Analysis
  • Music Critics and Criticism
  • Jazz/Popular Music Practice and Cultural Theory (with Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research)

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    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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General Requirements

  • To apply for our Conservatoire PhD research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Masters degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university.
  • Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree, but holding a first class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area, may be considered.
  • We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.
  • English Language Requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4260 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4260 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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EEA

  • PT - £2,130 per year
  • DL - £2,663 per year
International
  • DL: £7,500 per year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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