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CITI-GENS DTP Immersive Technologies to drive inclusion of disabled musicians

School of Arts, English and Languages | PHD

Applications are now CLOSED
Reference Number
Application Deadline
10 July 2020
Start Date
1 January 2021


This project is part of the MSCA COFUND CITI-GENS Doctoral Training Programme, for more information, including detailed project descriptions, funding and the application process, please visit Please note that the funding and application information on the tabs within this page are not applicable to this particular programme and you must visit the website above to be sure you follow the correct procedures to be considered. The research collaboration is between SARC (Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queen's University Belfast), Drake Music and Barcelona-based company BeAnotherLab. Together these organisations aim to identify improved ways in which emerging technologies, especially immersive, augmented and virtual reality technologies can afford better inclusion of disabled musicians in music making. The studentship sits within Queen's Performance Without Barriers research group (led by Dr Schroeder).

This project is one of those advertised under the CITI-GENS programme. For more information on the programme, please visit

The immersive sector, including augmented and mixed reality, recently counted ca. 1000 'immersive specialist' companies generating over £660 million in turnover a year (Nesta study, 2018) and with platforms such as the HTC vive announcing a structured Arts Programme, our experiences of how we create and engage with the Arts have already changed dramatically.

In this context, the proposed PhD student will engage in research to better understand how disabled musicians will make use of these emerging technologies. It is essential that we include disability at this stage when technologies are still developing so that we may be part of shaping and driving their development and usage.

Funding Information

This programme is cofunded by the Horizon 2020 programme of the European Union and Department of the Economy.
The programme covers the tuition fees and salary, please visit for information on eligibility and salary.

Project Summary
Dr Franziska Schroeder
Mode of Study

Full-time: 3 years

Funding Body
Cofunded by the EU and Dept of the Economy
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Music overview

The Sonic Arts Research Cluster supports advanced research in historical and critical musicology, acoustic and electronic composition, music technology, and performance studies. It also supports interdisciplinary research, particularly in eighteenth century (Centre of Eighteenth Century Studies) or modern topics.

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).

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Course content

Research Information

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

Career Prospects


People teaching you

Dr Sarah McCleave
Senior Lecturer

Learning Outcomes

Course structure


Entrance requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. While a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University) is not essential, it is desirable and applicants without this qualification will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see:

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

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering Academic English and Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

  • Academic English: 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.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £4,407
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £4,407
Other (non-UK) EU £4,407
International £16,950

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Music costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

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