Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Music and Sonic Arts

The Musicology and Composition research cluster comprises scholars and instrumental composers. It fosters strong links with composers in the Sonic Arts research cluster as well as a wide range of humanities researchers in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies. SARC's centrepiece, the Sonic Laboratory, provides a unique space for cutting-edge initiatives in the creation and delivery of music and audio. The Sonic Laboratory's uniqueness is vested in the degree of flexibility it can provide for experiments in three-dimensional sound diffusion and for ground-breaking compositional and performance work within a purpose-built, variable acoustic space.

Entry requirements

The normal minimum requirement for admission to a PhD/MPhil/MD is an Upper 2nd Class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent qualification recognised by the University. International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their programme of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS score of 6.5 taken within the last 2 years, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required.

Course modules

Research strengths for music include a wide range of eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century historical fields, notably: Bach; Elgar; Handel; Mozart; Richard Strauss; British composers; Czech composers. Other areas covered include baroque dance, Irish traditional music, local history and sources, social and institutional history, and contemporary performance practice. Instrumental composition students work in a vigorous and diverse community of composers, with significant opportunities for workshop contact with the Royal Quartet, string quartet in residence and visiting international artists, and the Ulster Orchestra. Research strengths for Sonic Arts include: Computational acoustics including physical modelling; contemporary performance practices including new music, improvisation, experimental music, live electronic music, computer-interactive performance, interdisciplinary performance, site-specific and distributed performance; creative practice in all areas of composition, new media and installation; critical performance studies; cultural and critical aspects of sonic art; performance systems design; performance with new technologies; soundscape studies and locative media; spatial audio.

Assessment methods

Thesis.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
PhD Part-time September 2016 - 4 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 10,730 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 GBP 3,466 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MPhil Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Queen's University Belfast Belfast BT7 1NN Northern Ireland

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