Bangor University

Bangor University


As a research programme, the course does not have a modular outline. Each student receives close supervision on an individual and original project, which has the potential to make a new and substantial contribution to the field.

Entry requirements

Degree at British Master�s standard: normally merit degree or equivalent. English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS overall result of 6.5 with no individual score lower than 6.0. Proposal of a project, appropriate to the duration and academic level of the course. Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (45-60 minutes). Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.

Course modules

Supervision is available for research in historical musicology; ethnomusicology; analysis; or in the electroacoustic or compositional field; PhD candidates may submit a composition in place of a thesis, or submit a composition and a related thesis; principal areas of research interest are: Western music history; editorial musicology; analysis; Celtic traditional music; music and the christian church; composition; electroacoustic composition; popular music culture; music in Wales.

Assessment methods

Historical musicology/editorial musicology: thesis of 100,000 words or equivalent. Composition: portfolio of compositions, consisting of around 120 minutes of music (depending on complexity); accompanying essay of 7,000-10,000 words on style, technique and aesthetic which contextualises the submitted portfolio. Performance: 2 full-length public recitals (40-50 mins) and 1 CD (40-50 mins), featuring different repertoire (60%); dissertation on a related area (40,000 words) or a composition of comparable length for the instrument in question (40 per cent).

Sponsorship information

Arts and humanities research board; some university and school bursaries available


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time - 1 years
PhD Full-time - 2 years
MPhil Part-time - 2 years
PhD Part-time - 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bangor Campus Bangor (Wales) LL57 2DG Wales

Key information

Telephone number: 
01248 383258