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Research degrees

Students studying for a research degree concentrate on pursuing an independent research project devised in consultation with their supervisors. Musicologists and ethnomusicologists write a large-scale dissertation, and composers produce a portfolio of original compositions accompanied by a critical commentary. You will work under the guidance of an expert supervisory team and your progress will be reviewed periodically to support you in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.

The research degree programmes that we offer are shown in the table below.

ProgrammeDurationThesis length
MA by thesis 1 year full-time or two years part-time 50,000 words (maximum)
MMus by thesis 2 years full-time or four years part-time 70,000 words (maximum)
MMus by composition 2 years full-time or four years part-time Commentary length: 12,000 words;
Composition length: 60 minutes
PhD by thesis 3 years full-time or six years part-time 100,000 words (maximum)
PhD by composition 3 years full-time or six years part-time Commentary length: 20,000 words;
Composition length: 90 minutes

Further information about each of these programmes can be found in our Postgraduate Research Students Handbook.

Detailed guidance on preparing an application can be found here.

Postgraduate Funding Opportunities


Postgraduate funding opportunities - find out more about scholarships available for postgraduate study.