The overwhelming majority of graduate students in the Faculty undertake research that is directly connected with the special research interests of members of the Faculty. Intending applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a prospective supervisor prior to making a formal application in order to discuss the feasibility of their proposed research.
The principal educational aim of the three-year PhD programme is to assist each student to acquire the research techniques, skills and knowledge that will enable them to make an original and significant contribution to scholarship, research or artistic practice in the discipline that is the focus of each individual's dissertation. Given the focus of the programme on individual research excellence, it is necessarily tailored to the research interests of the student and the expertise of their supervisor.
By the end of the programme students should have acquired:
Students wishing to continue from the MPhil in Music Studies to the PhD in Music must have achieved an average of at least 68 per cent.
You can apply until:
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You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.Full-time
Students can expect sixteen hours of supervision in the first year. Thereafter supervisions are offered as appropriate or required.
In the course of their third year, doctoral students present a 20-minute paper (in the style of a conference paper) on a topic related to their PhD project, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.
PhD theses should not exceed 80,000 words excluding notes, appendices, and bibliographies, musical transcriptions and examples. Candidates whose work is practice-based may include as part of a doctoral submission either a portfolio of substantial musical compositions, or one or more recordings of their own musical performance(s).
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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