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Key Programme Information

Entry Year

2017

Programme length

2 year(s)

School

Arts, English and Languages

Overview

The Musicology and Composition research cluster comprises scholars and instrumental composers. It fosters strong links with composers in the Sonic Arts research cluster as well as a wide range of humanities researchers in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

The Musicology cluster has strengths in canonic or significant figures of the eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, notably:

  • JS Bach
  • Arnold Bax
  • Edward Elgar
  • GF Handel
  • WA Mozart
  • Thomas Moore

We offer wide-ranging support in the study of British composers generally as well as music in Ireland.

Other areas covered include:

  • Contemporary music
  • Contemporary performance practice
  • Critical studies of gender and race
  • Critical/cultural studies in music
  • Improvisation
  • Irish traditional music, local history and sources
  • Social and institutional history
  • Sonic arts musicology
  • Sound installation art
  • The 18th-century London stage

The PhD in Composition is part of the practice-led research activities that take place within the School. Student composers work in a vigorous and diverse community across a broad range of creative practice from acoustic composition through to creative work in sonic arts. Instrumental composition students are afforded significant opportunities for workshop contact with visiting international artists, and with the Ulster Orchestra.

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD) MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

MODE OF STUDY/DURATION

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

How To Apply

Applicants for Postgraduate programmes are strongly advised to carefully read the important information and follow the steps set out here before submitting their application via the Postgraduate Direct Applications Portal.

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Musicology
Dr Sarah McCleave Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5207 Email: s.mccleave@qub.ac.uk Instrumental Composition Professor Piers Hellawell Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5202 Email: p.hellawell@qub.ac.uk School of Creative Arts
Tel: 9097 5337
Email: music@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/ael/

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Special Features

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies is developing a major project in the area of archival studies which will develop links with institutions in Great Britain, Ireland and Europe. 

Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

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