Research Degrees

The School of Music and Performing Arts offers supervision in Music as a research area, and we particularly welcome practice-led proposals that incorporate a portfolio of creative work. As a research centre, 80% of our submission was recognised internationally in terms of originality, significance and rigour, with 10% judged as being world-leading. Recent funded research projects include an investigation into the composition and performance practice of text scores, visual music, and songwriting in the higher education curriculum. All our staff are active as practitioners, and full details of their specific research interests and profiles, as well as information about the research environment in the School, can be found on the About page.

We are also part of the South, West and Wales AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership, an alliance between eight leading universities: Bath Spa plus Aberystwyth, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Reading and Southampton. Individually our research excellence is internationally recognised. Collectively our expertise creates a centre of excellence supporting and supervising PhD and doctoral students across the humanities, languages and creative arts. The SWW AHRC DTP will be awarding up to 50 fully funded doctoral studentships for the best postgraduate research projects across the full range of Arts & Humanities disciplines for 2014-15 entry. You can find out more about the scope and excellence of the Partnerships’s research activities in each subject at the SWW website . We also welcome interdisciplinary applications and practice-led research projects. For information about opportunities in Music please see the SWW music pages. An Open Day will be held for prospective Partnership PhD students on 22 January 2014 at the Arnolfini in Bristol, which will be an opportunity to learn more about the research environment offered in the SWW DTP. Further details are available on the SWW Doctoral Training Partnership webpages

Research in Music can be supported in the following areas in particular:

  • Composition: Electro-acoustic and Instrumental Composition, Sonic Art, Visual Music, Open Forms, Experimental Music, Notation, Songwriting
  • Performance studies: Composer-Performer Collaboration, Contemporary Performance and Performance Practice, Historical Performance.
  • Musicology: Twentieth-Century Studies, Popular Music Studies, Contemporary Music Studies, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Georgian Music, Music Analysis, Preparing Critical and Performing Editions, 

For more information about applying for a PhD or MPhil, or to discuss possible research areas, please contact Professor Amanda Bayley using the form below.

For University regulations, fees, and general information, please also visit the Graduate School website.

For information about current PhD students, please see the About page.

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