University of York

University of York


The programme may be undertaken in composition, performance, or by thesis. Research topics for thesis may be proposed in any area closely related to the research interests of current members of staff. Students work independently with regular supervision from their research supervisor, and attend research seminars (normally four each term). Thesis titles from recent years include: Music and language in the works of Samuel Beckett; beyond simplicity (approaches to the analysis of contemporary music); melodic oganisation and improvisation in Thai music with special reference to the Thaang Ranaat Eek; a Ghanaian perspective on the changing role of traditional African music in a contemporary society; passion and persuasion (the art of rhetoric and the performance of early 17th-century solo sonatas).

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a degree in music. For applicants whose first language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are required.

Assessment methods

Research project.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time October 2016 - 3 years
PhD Part-time October 2016 - 6 years
PhD Full-time January 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time January 2017 - 6 years
PhD Full-time April 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time April 2017 - 6 years
PhD Full-time July 2017 - 3 years
PhD Part-time July 2017 - 6 years
MPhil Full-time October 2016 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time October 2016 - 4 years
MPhil Full-time January 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time January 2017 - 4 years
MPhil Full-time April 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time April 2017 - 4 years
MPhil Full-time July 2017 - 2 years
MPhil Part-time July 2017 - 4 years

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