Applications are currently being taken for PhD scholarships at the school. Please see the postgraduate funding page for all scholarships available.
The scholarships are funded mainly under the 2014-15 AHRC Studentship Competition through the Northern Bridge Partnership:
Northern Bridge is an exciting new collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast and their partners: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust. Its object is to deliver outstanding postgraduate education in the arts and humanities.
Part of a national network of Doctoral Training Partnerships, Northern Bridge has secured an award of £11.2m from the Arts and Humanities Research Council along with funding of £9m from our three universities. This combined investment will allow us to award more than 250 fully- funded doctoral studentships as well as some master’s studentships over five years from 2014.
We now invite top-calibre applicants to apply for admission to Northern Bridge in October 2014. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships and some master’s studentships are currently available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects. Students will receive exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, benefit from internationalised research environments that promote interdisciplinarity, and be provided with research training and career development of the highest quality. In addition, they will be able to draw upon our strong relationships with our partners.
For further information on how to apply see
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 17th February 2014.
Sebastian Heinz, a PhD student at SARC will soon be releasing his KickStarter project, Patchblocks. Sebastian, based on his research at SARC, has created fantastic user friendly programmable synth modules that can be used in all sorts of ways to create music and sound. See the KickStarter video below for a demonstration.
Sebastian hopes to hold a Patchblocks release event at SARC. More details to follow.
In Dublin of October 4th 2013 President Michael D. Higgins launched The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland at an event attended by hundreds of people spanning the diverse gamut of Irish music. This two-volume work, published by University College Dublin Press, was edited by Professors Barra Boydell and Harry White, assisted by a team of subject editors and dozens of contributors. The contribution of Queen’s University to musical culture is summarised in an excellent subject article by QUB Lecturer in Musicology Aidan Thomson. The Encyclopaedia also contains an article on QUB’s Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music. However, a closer read of these comprehensive volumes reveals that the contribution of the University to Irish musical culture cannot be summarised adequately in two entries. The list of contributors from the University, and the number musicians, composers, and scholars who have been affiliated with the University who are the subject of articles in the Encyclopaedia, is truly impressive and is a cause for celebration.
Among the contributors/editorial advisors from current QUB faculty are Ann Buckley (Research Fellow, English) Martin Dowling (Lecturer, Irish Traditional Music) Maria McHale (Teaching Assistant, Musicology) Suzel Ana Reily (Reader, Ethnomusicology), Jan Smaczny (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Aidan J. Thomson (Lecturer, Musicology) and Yo Tomita (Professor of Musicology).
Contributions from former students include Elise Crean (PhD, Musicology), Alison Dunlop (PhD, Musicology), Roy Johnston (PhD Musicology), Ian Mills (PhD Musicology), Michael Lee (PhD Musicology) Gordon Ramsey (PhD Ethnomusicology), Adrian Scahill (MA Musicology), Ruth Stanley (PhD Musicology), and Fintan Vallely (MA Ethnomusicology)
Subject articles about past and present faculty include Michael Alcorn (Professor of Composition), John Blacking (Professor of Ethnomusicology), Ciaran Carson (Professor of Poetry), Anthony Carver (Senior Lecturer in Musicology), Ricardo Climent, (Lecturer in Music Technology), Philip Cranmer (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Donald Davison (University Organist and Head of Department of Statistics), Martin Dowling (Lecturer, Irish Traditional Music), David Greer (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music) Piers Hellawell (Professor of Composition), Ivor Keys (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Sarah McCleave (Lecturer, Musicology), Michael McGuffin (Performance Tutor), Simon Mawhinney (Lecturer in Composition), Kevin O’Connell (Lecturer in Music), Fiona Palmer (Senior Lecturer in Music), Jan Smaczny (Sir Hamilton Harty Professor of Music), Aidan J. Thomson (Lecturer, Musicology), Yo Tomita (Professor of Musicology), Kevin Volans (Composer in Residence), Raymond Warren (Professor of Composition), Paul Wilson (Senior Lecturer in Composition), and Ian Woodfield (Professor of Musicology).
Subject articles about current and former students of the University include Elaine Agnew, Harry Grindle, Philip Hammond, Robbie Hannan, Fionnuala and Úna Hunt, Elaine Kelly, Deirdre Mackay, Joe McKee, Máire Ní Chathasaigh, Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin, and Jim Samson.
A project collecting soundscapes and compositions based on recordings from various places in Northern Ireland. From the wild recordings of the North Coast to the streets and alleyways of Belfast, “Listen To Your Place!” is a celebration of how our life is surrounded by sound.
Download the leaflet
The project will be presented at:
25th Sept - 26th Oct
4th - 28th November
2nd - 20th December
4th - 11th Jan 2014
Second year film student from Queen’s University, Amy Moore has been selected to represent QFT and the UK in the Europa Cinema “27 Times Cinema” event at the prestigious Venice Film Festival which takes place from 28 August - 7thSeptember 2013. QFT is one of 27 cinemas from across the European Union states to be selected to send a young movie goer to spend ten days at the Festival watching the “Venice Days” selection and share opinions and ideas.
Following a tough selection process Amy was the one successful candidate selected from the UK and she is looking forward to the experience, “This is such an incredible opportunity. I am a true cinephile and watch between eight and ten movies a week. To have the chance to attend one of the best Film Festivals in the world and also to be part of a team of reviewers from all over Europe is extremely exciting. This will be a great introduction for me to the real world of film as I think about my future career as a film-maker”
Commenting on Amy’s success is Professor of Film Studies at Queen’s University, Cahal McLaughlin “We are immensely proud that Amy will be representing the University, QFT and Northern Ireland at this event. It is a great achievement to be selected and we know that Amy will do us proud. Queen’s University boasts the unique combination of a strong School of Creative Arts and Northern Ireland’s leading cultural cinema – QFT. Working together with QFT we are able to offer these unique opportunities to our students and Amy has grasped this opportunity with both hands.”
Susan Picken, Head of QFT recognises how important opportunities like this can be, “To have the chance to attend such a prestigious Film Festival in this way at the start of your career is priceless. The experience and the networking opportunities that this presents are not to be taken for granted and I know that Amy will make the most of every moment.”
Amy departs on 28th August and will be keeping everyone updated on her progress via the Europa Cinemas Blog.
Further information from: Marion Campbell/07814 944020
What is the Innovation Academy?
The Innovation Academy is a joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast, University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin. The Academy offers PhD students an opportunity to embrace new, innovative ways of thinking through the completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The purpose of this certificate is to transform some of the brightest scholars in these institutions into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinkers.
The modules focus on problem-based learning within multi-disciplinary teams. We also encourage students to engage in a real-life challenge facing an organisation, for which they are asked to propose an innovative solution.
The certificate is comprised of several modules, covering topics such as Opportunity Generation and Recognition, Financing Your New Venture and Creative Thinking and Innovation.
Queen’s developed and hosted its first module of the Innovation Academy, entitled Leadership Development, in January 2013. The module took place in Riddel Hall and was facilitated by the Leadership Institute. You can find out more about the Leadership Development module in this Queen’s Now article.
Applications are now being taken for the May Turtle Award - a scholarship upto the value of £1000 to fund further study of Music at a place approved by the Head of the School of Creative Arts.
The Scholarship is tenable by the following graduates of the Queen's University of Belfast:
Closing date: 13 June 2013
May Turtle 2013 Open
A major new initiative to boost Belfast’s cultural engagement with the public has been launched through the combining of two existing programmes at Queen’s University and Belfast City Council.
The very popular Literary Belfast project and Belfast Soundwalks will combine to enhance cultural engagement with citizens and tourists alike. In a unique twist this new initiative will engage the public through novel ways of disseminating creative writing and sonic arts associated with the city.
The Literary Belfast project (http://www.literarybelfast.org/) already showcases the city’s exciting literary scene through an interactive website and locative media app developed in association with the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s. While Belfast Soundwalks, led by Professor Pedro Rebelo from the Queen’s Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), provides an open platform for communities and visitors to explore the city through sound. (www.belfastsoundmap.org)
Lord Mayor Alderman Gavin Robinson said: "Belfast City Council is delighted to partner Queen's University in this important Creative Arts initiative. This is an exciting opportunity that will undoubtedly lead to a better visitor experience, not only for tourists to the city but also those who live in the city. This initiative builds upon past collaborations between the city council and Queen's and emphasises the importance of ‘town and gown’ working together for the common good of Belfast."
Commenting on the new collaboration Professor Rebelo said: “This is a major cultural boost for the city at a time when it needs it most and as we approach the beginning of the main tourist season. Through the appointment of Dr Sarah Bass, a recent SARC graduate, we will develop an effective strategy for delivering new content in association with the Belfast City Council’s Cultural Strategy and tourism priorities of building cultural tourism, developing tourism products, supporting the evening economy and delivering an authentic European city experience.”
This exciting new project has been supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the newly created Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, at Queen’s, directed by Professor John Thompson alongside consortium partners for BGP2, Newcastle University (through Cultural and Heritage Studies) and Durham University (through Durham Book Festival).
Dr Eric Lyon, a lecturer from the Sonic Arts Research Centre talks to Cycling 74 about his new book, Designing Audio Objects for Max/MSP and Pd. The book is a practical guide to implementing synthesis and signal processing techniques using the popular software Max and Pd.
In conjunction with the School of English and Oxford University Press, the School of Creative Arts were pleased to host the launch of Professor Marilynn Richtarik's (Georgia State University) new book 'Stewart Parker: A Life'. The lecture and book launch took place in the Brian Friel Theatre on Wednesday 21st November 2012.
Cormac Crawley and Christopher Haworth, two composers working in electroacoustic music at the Sonic Arts Research Centre secured two out of the three prizes in this international competition. The selection process was anonymous and the jury was composed of Belma Bešlic-Gál (Composer/Pianist. Co-Curator of shut up and listen! 2011), Wolfgang Seierl (Composer/Visual Artist. Founder of the Mittersill Composers' Forum, and of ein klang records, Austria) and Germán Toro-Pérez (Composer. Head of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology, Zurich University of the Arts).
Cormac Crawley (IE): 'Port of Call'
Port of Call: The port, as an interface, offers access from land to water, from water to land, north to south and east to west. It is the beating heart of many cities, towns and villages. With a broad band of sound such as the roaring of the ocean our ears often play tricks with us. We may imagine sounds; plucked from its vast spectrum of frequencies.The piece offers a chronological description of how the port has had an ongoing effect on the lives around it. Also presented is the effect that those around the port have had on this once tranquil soundscape; previously only disturbed by nature itself. A montage of sounds emerge from the ocean and develop from natural and harmonious to unnatural and sometimes dissonant depicting human interference and pollution of the soundscape. The struggle between human and environment is portrayed as a sway of events throughout the piece; natural and unnatural.
Christopher Haworth (UK): 'Correlation Number One'
Christopher Haworth's work explores psychoacoustic phenomena and perceptual idiosyncrasies to call into question common assumptions and received ideas about listening and sonic experience. His recent piece, entitled 'Correlation Number One', uses high frequency tones to generate 'distortion-product otoacoustic emissions' (DPOAEs) in the listener's ears. This means that, in effect, the ear itself becomes an instrument, which the tones coming out of the speakers 'perform' in certain ways to produce sound. What you hear is thus totally subjective, creating a paradoxical situation in which the listener listens to himself listening.
The School of Creative Arts in collaboration with the School of Management proposes to introduce a new MA, entitled . This pathway will take advantage of the strong existing links between Drama, Creative Writing, Film Studies, Music and Visual Arts courses and Belfast’s wider cultural sector. Click here for more information