Birmingham Conservatoire

Birmingham Conservatoire

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Course modules

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.

Assessment methods

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,115 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,115 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,115 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,115 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,115 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (EU) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (England) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 6,000 per Year 1 (International) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 4 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 4 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Birmingham Conservatoire Birmingham B3 3HG West Midlands

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