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PhD in Music

The PhD in Music is available as a full-time programme lasting three years, or a part-time programme lasting five years. It is currently available in all areas in which we can offer supervision, including composition and practice-based research in performance.

Doctoral research in the Faculty of Music is centred on individual scholarly activity in fields such as performance studies, along with historical musicology, analysis, composition, ethnomusicology and music cognition. Recorded performances incorporating or reflecting the results of practice-led research may now be included within a doctoral submission, along with an academic thesis of the standard length. Students who wish to pursue this possibility are encouraged to make contact with the member of staff most relevant to their particular performance-related interests.

By way of example, doctoral research in the Faculty has recently been undertaken on the following performance-related topics, among others:

  • Creating musical structure through performance: a re-interpretation of Brahms’s Cello Sonatas
  • Intergenerational creativity and embodied memory in the revived ballets of Arthur Bliss
  • Clavierkünste: German keyboard technique at the turn of the eighteenth century
  • Doing the impossible: theorizing virtuosity in twentieth-century music
  • Masters of eloquence: tacit and explicit knowledge in fortepiano performance.

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