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.
|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.