University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

Music

The Reid School of Music offers an exciting research environment that combines the theory, history, composition and practice of music with the scientific study of sound. We engage with a broad range of genres and traditions, including classical and popular music, Western and non-Western music, professional and amateur music making and music for screen. Our research is highly interdisciplinary, with centres and groups spanning other Colleges and Departments within the University of Edinburgh, from Physics and Neuroscience to Informatics, the Humanities, Divinity and the Social Sciences. We have a large community of postgraduate students undertaking independent research in music. If you are interested in undertaking a small independent research project in music, the 12-month MSc by Research is ideal. This programme is offered in any area served by the expertise of our music staff. In consultation with your supervisor you will develop an individual programme of coursework and research training over two semesters. You will submit a dissertation, or portfolio of projects equivalent to 30,000 words. Candidates for larger-scale, doctoral research are normally admitted as probationary students for the first year of study, and on satisfactory completion of this first year are approved for registration for PhD (maximum four years full-time, dissertation of 80,000-100,000 words). Our research degrees may be studied part-time (for example, MSc by Research may be studied part-time over two years). Staff have a wide range of research interests, engaging in research clustered around four main themes: - Music, Sound and Technology, including musical acoustics and organology - Musical Practice, including composition (electroacoustic, algorithmic, computer music and music for screen), and historical and contemporary performance research - Music and the Human Sciences, including music psychology and cognition, and music in the community - Music and Social Institutions, including 19th and 20th century musicology, popular music, and music sociology Some of our current hubs of research activity include: - Acoustics and Audio Group - ECA Digitals - Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments - Institute for Music in Human and Social Development Please consult our staff profiles on the programme website to see interests and availability; you may propose projects in any area for consideration.

Entry requirements

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD: Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University's language requirements.

Course modules

See our website for detailed programme information.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc (Res) Full-time September 2019 - 1 Years
MSc (Res) Part-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Full-time September 2019 - 2 Years
Master of Philosophy - MPhil Part-time September 2019 - 4 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Full-time September 2019 - 3 Years
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD Part-time September 2019 - 6 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Central area campus EH8 9JZ Scotland

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Key information

Contact: 
ECA Graduate School (Research - Art, HoA, Music)
Telephone number: 
01316515739