Ph.D. On Campus

Music Research

King's College London

36 months
21870 GBP/year
5820 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The department has an international reputation for research in Musicology, Ethnomusicology and Composition. Music Research at King's College London is particularly strong in Western music from the 12th century to the present day, jazz, opera, performance studies, cognition, and the musical cultures of the Middle East, South Asia and Brazil.


In addition to PhD programmes in Musicology (thesis of max. 100,000 words) and in Composition (portfolio with technical commentary), we offer an innovative Performance-Research programme in which performance materials (e.g. concerts, recordings) combine with a 50,000-word thesis to explore a significant and clearly-defined research question.

Key facts:

Prospective students of Music Research at King's College London are welcome to contact any member of staff whose field of research interests them. Alternatively, Musicology and Ethnomusicology applicants may discuss their plans with the PhD Coordinator Emma Dillon or the Ethnomusicology Coordinator Martin Stokes. Composers are encouraged in the first instance to contact Professor Silvina Milstein who coordinates the Composition programme.

Programme Structure

  • The joint PhD in Music affords students the opportunity to work with leaders in the fields of Ethnomusicology, Musicology and Composition. We invite applications on any area of research represented by faculty interests.
  • The department also draws your attention to areas of overlapping interest among faculty in the departments of Music at King's College London and University of Hong Kong: composition; 19th-century music studies; musical thought, philosophy and music psychology; music and film. Students in the joint PhD programme will benefit from one-to-one supervision with a number of scholars working in their field.
  • The programme also offers them access to the lively intellectual communities in these two world-class centres for music research, as well as to all the cultural riches on offer in the cities of London and Hong Kong.


Staff interests associated with the research programme and its research groups
  • Andy Fry
  • Bettina Varwig
  • Cliff Eisen
  • Daniel Leech-Wilkinson
  • Emma Dillon
  • Frederick Moehn
  • George Benjamin
  • Heather Wiebe
  • Katherine Schofield
  • Martin Stokes
  • Matthew Head
  • Michael Fend
  • Robert Keeley
  • Roger Parker
  • Silvina Milstein

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree with 1st class or 2:1 honours. A Master’s degree in Music or a related humanities or social science discipline is also normally required, but particularly strong candidates who do not hold a Master’s degree may be considered. Equivalent qualifications or experience may be considered in exceptional cases. Master's degrees in performance will usually only be considered suitable qualifications for the phd in performance research, but please contact the phd coordinator if you are unsure.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21870 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21870 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5820 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

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


AHRC, various Graduate School studentships, international scholarships, self-funding.

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