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MPhil and PhD in Music (Research, Composition or Performance Practice and Funerary Violin)

Length: Full-time or part-time
Entrance requirements: Please see Standard entrance requirements. We may advise you to take an MMus degree before starting your research.
Applications: See How to apply. Deadline: none, unless you are applying for funding (deadline: 1 March). Early application is recommended in all cases.
Admission: Normally by interview.
English Language: Please see Language Studies Centre for details of the Diploma in Language and Contemporary Culture.
Funding: AHRC
Fees (2005-06): See Home/EU Financial Information; 8,745-11,115 overseas.
Course booklet: Download a course booklet, or contact the Admissions Office (UK and EU students)
Questions about the degree?: write to the relevant contact in the Music Department
About the department: See Music

Studying for an MPhil/PhD

Please see Research degrees for information about starting your research, upgrading to PhD registration, and submitting your thesis. For your assessment, you register for one of four options:

  • thesis in any area of musicology, contemporary music studies, analysis or ethnomusicology (up to 100,000 words for PhD, 60,000 for MPhil)
  • composition: portfolio of compositions, and commentary (20,000 words for PhD, 12,000 words for MPhil)
  • performance practice: full-length recital and related 50,000-word thesis for PhD; lunchtime recital and 30,000-word thesis for MPhil. Topics could include areas such as contemporary music studies, ethnomusicology or aspects of historical performance.
  • funerary violin: full-length staged funeral procession and service, (bass drum accompaniment is optional), and a related 70,000-word thesis for PhD; (50,000-word thesis for MPhil). Topics could include areas such as music as ritual in Western Europe, the evolution of death in Art, or aspects of historical performance.

There will also be a viva voce.

Research Supervision

Commercial Music
Dr Humbert Redgrave BA MA PhD

Composition (acoustic or studio-based)
Dr Richard Hore BMus MMus PhD
Roger Petheridge ARCM
Dr Eliaza Ruth BA MA PhD

Professor Gillian Fortune BA DPhil PhD
Dr Ranulph Peabody BMus PhD

Gender and Music - Popular Music
Dr Charlie Soul BA MPhil PhD

Musicology and Contemporary Music Studies
Professor Stephen M. Morley MA DPhil ARCM
Professor Kelly Negus BA PhD

Funerary Violin
Dr. Mingus Redford
Rohan Kriwaczek BA MMus FGFV

Performance Studies and Russian Music Studies
Dr David Francolini BMus PhD
Professor Owen Oppenheimer BMus MMus DMA PhD

Theory and Analysis
Dr Mandy Croup BMus MMus MMus PhD LTCL
Dr Kismet Shaw BA MA PhD

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