School of Arts, English and Languages

MPHIL in Music

MPhil in Music

The Master of Philosophy in Music programme is a 12-month period of supervised research in any theoretical, technical or practice-based aspect of music and sonic arts.

Playing pianoThe programme is equivalent to the first year of a PhD and consists of regular supervisory meetings (each student is allocated two supervisors). In addition, students are encouraged to attend the postgraduate training spine programme in order to gain a deeper understanding of research methodologies, ethics and interdisciplinarity. 

Postgraduate students in the School are expected to participate in the research culture by attending seminars, performances and symposia. There are numerous opportunities to present work to a wider academic community, through for example the PhD Roundtable.

Students on the programme are required to undertake a three-month review, which assesses the viability of the research proposal. At the end of the 12 months, students are expected to submit research outcomes in one of the following formats: 

1. Dissertation (15,000-20,000 words)

2. Portfolio of Creative Practice accompanied by a written commentary (3500 words)

3. Hybrid (weighting of practice and writing to be agreed with supervisors)

Applicants are required to submit a research proposal (1000 words), which should address the following issues: specific research questions, research methodologies, the relationship between the topic and existing scholarly debates in the field and the contribution the research will make. A short list of indicative references should also be included.  Where the proposal includes creative work such as composition, performance or interactive sound art, applicants are asked to submit a portfolio of prior work and a shorter proposal of 600 words.    

Applicants will be invited for interview, which can be conducted by Skype or telephone.


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