Ph.D. On Campus


University of Kent

36 months
20500 GBP/year
4500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The research Music programme at University of Kent gives you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, technologists, ethnomusicologists and theorists. 


During the Music programme at University of Kent, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the Centre for Music and Audio Technology. 

Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of aspects of music composition, performance, ethnomusicology and music technology, and supervision is available in all of these areas. For these programmes, you have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, we regularly invite academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students’ research.

About the Centre for Music and Audio Technology

We are situated on the Medway campus of the University of Kent, within the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Our facilities include purpose-built recording studios, post-production rooms, rehearsal spaces, workstations and seminar rooms. We have a professionally designed 5.1 recording and compositional space and a spatial audio studio. In addition, we have a multi-loudspeaker sound diffusion system for the performance of sonic art and live electronics.

Programme Structure

Research areas

Kent is a top 20 research-intensive university. All of our academic schools produce world-class research, and Kent is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study. 

The Centre for Music and Audio Technology’s research can be grouped into three intersecting areas of activity:

  • Composition, Technology and Performance;
  • Psychology of Music, Music, Health and Wellbeing, Community Music and Education;
  • Popular Music Studied, Ethnomusicology.
In making, applying and valuing music as creative practice and cultural industry, the Centre is both publicly engaged and acknowledging of music’s benefits to society, health and wellbeing. 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • Although there is no fixed closing deadline for applications to research degrees, we strongly recommend that you apply as soon as possible.


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A first or 2.1 honours degree, usually in a relevant humanities subject, plus a postgraduate qualification at Masters level.
  • Or, a substantial record of professional achievement as a music/audio arts practitioner, plus a postgraduate qualification at Masters level. 
  • In both cases, an acceptable research proposal will be needed.
  • In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path but who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.
  • All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    4500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • EU full-time £20500
  • Home part-time £2250
  • EU part-time £10250
  • International part-time £10250


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