University of Sussex
Our PhD courses provide you with the support and resources necessary to complete an original and substantial piece of research. The main fields in which research supervision is available are composition, musicology and music theatre. It is also possible to study for an MPhil. Contact us in good time to discuss your research proposal so we can put you in touch with the best supervisors for your work and help you develop your application. Entry in September is normally recommended to enable you to get the benefit of the many research events that take place throughout the autumn and spring, and also to benefit from induction and research training opportunities. You normally have two supervisors; they offer complementary perspectives on your work, perhaps reflecting a theory and practice balance, crucial for your development as a researcher. They help you devise a detailed programme of study tailored to the individual research project and offer regular guidance and feedback until completion.
Normally a Master�s degree or equivalent professional experience in a subject related to the chosen area of research; applicants wishing to take the composition option must produce evidence of compositional ability; English language requirements: IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other sections; internet TOEFL with 90 overall including 24 in speaking and 25 in writing.
All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training and to take other postgraduate modules that may be recommended by their supervisors. Recent and current PhD projects include: musical alterity and embodied practice (theory/ practice); sonification of the body (theory/practice); sound scores for early avant-garde film (composition); temporality in post-tonal music (composition); the representation of animals in music theatre (theory/practice); the impact of Stravinsky�s ballets on conducting techniques in the 20th century (historical musicology).
We offer a PhD in Music, assessed by a written thesis of 80000 words, and an MPhil in Music, assessed by a written thesis of 40000 words.
Limited funds to offset research expenses are available directly from the University of Sussex; there are financial opportunities for research students to contribute towards undergraduate teaching.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|PhD||Full-time||£ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees)||4 years|
|MPhil||Full-time||£ 12,300 per Academic year (overseas fees)||3 years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Sussex House||Brighton||BN1 9RH||South East|