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University of Surrey

Ph.D. On Campus
48 months
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16500 GBP/year
4327 GBP/year
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About

The Music programme at the University of Surrey prepares you for success at each stage of your PhD project development. The structure of our Music PhD is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates. 

Overview

Why choose this course

Surrey is a respected authority in sound technology and musical research. Thanks to our renowned expertise in musicology and composition, and the prestige of the Institute of Sound Recording, we can count many household names in entertainment, audio technology and the recording industry among our partners and collaborators. 

Research in music and sound brings together a broad range of interconnected subject areas, including dance, digital arts, film, music, theatre and sound recording. Facilities include industry-specification sound-recording studios, music-practice rooms and venues for concert performance and musical theatre. 

The School is highly collegiate, with a close-knit and supportive academic environment. It is home to the Institute of Sound Recording, one of the world’s leading centres for research in psychoacoustic engineering and sound perception. 

Our musical research and composition achieves wide international circulation through established scholarly channels and broadcast media. We are also principal organisers of the Guildford International Music Festival. 

What you will study

As a  Music PhD student at the University of Surrey within our Department of Music and Media you will conduct a research project within one of our areas of research strength. Completion of the programme entails submission of a thesis, the submission of practice if undertaking a practice-based PhD, and an oral viva with external examiners. 

PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training: University-level, School-level and subject-specific. 

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Analysis
  • 20th-century concert music, especially Bartok, Stravinsky, Mahler, Elgar, Britten
  • Popular musics, particularly rock, jazz, electronic dance music
  • Aesthetics of sound and music
  • Contemporary music and its composition and performance
  • Critical musicology

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Language

English

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants are expected to hold a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4327 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.

Part time:

  • EU/EEA £2,163.50
  • NON-EU/EEA £8,200

Funding

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course. 

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