City, University of London

City, University of London

Music

The Department of Music has a vibrant research culture and welcomes strong applicants with original research topics for its PhD Programme (see 'Research Areas' in the 'Structure and Awards' tab). Initially students are registered for the MPhil degree. Transfer to PhD status occurs once good progress has been made on the initial stages of the research; this can take place at the end of the first year of full-time study, the second year of part-time study, or later. The work completed at the time of transfer contributes to the PhD. The PhD will normally be completed after three years of full-time research (five years part-time), followed by a one-year period of 'writing-up' during which the final preparation of the thesis or portfolio takes place. Students intending to complete the MPhil only will normally carry out two years of full-time research (or three years part-time), plus the period of 'writing-up'. As a general guideline MPhil theses do not normally exceed 60,000 words, and PhD theses do not normally exceed 90,000 words. Audio and visual media may form part of the submission. In Composition, the MPhil portfolio will normally contain at least three, and the PhD at least five, substantial works, or negotiated equivalent, with a contextualising commentary. The portfolio is accompanied by a thesis, which will usually consider aesthetic and contextual issues related to the works but is not about them. Substantially fewer words are expected for composition-based theses.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a Masters-level degree in music or an area cognate to their area of research.

Course modules

Musicology:
Biography;
Byzantine and Modern Greek art music;
Choral music of the Slavic Orthodox churches;
Church music;
Critical Musicology;
Feminist, gay and lesbian musicology;
Gender and sexuality in Popular music;
Gender representation in music;
Historiography and canonicity;
Historical performance practice;
Music and literature;
Music and society;
Music for film, television and video games;
Music in the Third Reich;
Music in cultural history;
Music in 19th-century Russia and the Soviet Union;
Music in 20th-century Germany;
Music videos;
Nineteenth-century music;
Plainchant;
Pop-Rock music;
Popular music studies;
Reception history;
Studies of musical performance, both live and recorded;
The Frankfurt School, Theodor Adorno and Marxist aesthetics;
Twentieth-century and contemporary music;
Women composers.

Ethnomusicology:
African-American music;
Balkan traditions;
Creative processes in music, with particular reference to the Middle East;
Diaspora studies;
Ethnicity, identity and music;
Ethnomusicology of Western art music;
European folk music traditions;
Greek song;
Japanese traditional music;
Middle Eastern musics;
Music and issues of globalisation;
Music and the politics of cultural representation;
Music in Middle Eastern cinema;
Music, power and ideology;
The study of musical instruments;
Urban Ethnomusicology.

Composition:
Instrumental and vocal composition;
Composition for film, television and videogames;
Studio composition;
Analysis and aesthetics of composition.

Assessment methods

Research students follow individually supervised programmes leading either to the submission of a thesis (musicology, ethnomusicology); a portfolio of compositions (instrumental and vocal composition and/or studio-based digital or electroacoustic work); or a performance plus thesis (for performance-based research).

Please note: the thesis for the composition is not a commentary on works that the student has composed but a dissertation on an area of research related to the student's compositional interests.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time February 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Full-time February 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,000 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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