University of Manchester

University of Manchester


The course is offered to musicologists, ethnomusicologists, and composers of instrumental and electroacoustic music; students develop historical and analytical skills at an advanced level, with independence and originality of thought combined with technical skill; the supervised research is normally related in some way to the research interests of a member of staff, including: Medieval and Renaissance song; English Baroque music; Baroque music theory and performance practice; Handel; Beethoven and his contemporaries; music in 19th-century German thought and culture (Mendelssohn; Schumann); 20th-century music; 20th-century symphony; opera; composition; electroacoustic music; ethnomusicology.

Entry requirements

A Master�s degree in music, or equivalent; all applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 7.0 in the written component), or TOEFL 103 (internet-based).

Sponsorship information

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year); this is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible; some awards are usually offered by the School or department; some awards are reserved for international applicants.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 36 months
PhD Part-time - 72 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

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