Conservatoire Research Degrees
Since our mission is to promote the highest standards of performance and composition, it follows that our research policy is sharply focused on these activities. Applications relating to the practice and philosophy of musical performance and composition and other areas of particular interest in the conservatoire context are therefore encouraged. We are especially interested in questions relating to the practice and philosophy of musical performance and composition or other areas of particular interest in the conservatoire context, and also have a wide range of specialisms in musicology.
To apply for this research degree you should have, or expect to be awarded, a Master's degree in a relevant subject area from a British or overseas university. Exceptional candidates without a Master's degree, but holding a 1st Class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject area, may be considered. We also welcome enquiries from potential PhD researchers without formal academic qualifications but with appropriate levels of professional experience.
The following research areas are particularly suitable for our research environment: Performance studies; composition; practice-led research; jazz performance and composition; electronic music composition and performance; musician-centred interaction design; music and audio software development; experimental music; French music, notably Charpentier, Lully, Rameau, Ravel, Milhaud and Messiaen; contemporary film and television music, theory and analysis; late medieval music, theory and critical editing; Italian baroque music; 20th-century music theory and analysis; music critics and criticism; jazz/popular music practice and cultural theory.
We support a range of thesis submissions, including composition portfolio supported by written commentary or a combination of written and performance elements as well as a traditional written thesis.
|Qualification||Study mode||Fee||Course duration|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 4,115 per Academic year (home fees)||3 years|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 4,115 per Academic year (EU fees)||3 years|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees)||3 years|
|PhD||Part-time||£ 2,060 per Academic year (home fees)||4 years|
|PhD||Part-time||£ 2,060 per Academic year (EU fees)||4 years|
|PhD||Part-time||£ 6,000 per Academic year (overseas fees)||4 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Birmingham Conservatoire||Birmingham||B3 3HG||West Midlands|
0121 331 5901