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What will I learn?

Research a topic of your choice or work on an extended creative project. Boost your professional practice and develop high-level skills and knowledge to progress your career.

Benefit from an experienced team of research-active scholars and industry practitioners who can offer supervision across a range of topics. Staff specialisms include:

  • gender and ageing in popular music
  • music and screen media
  • the cultural history of popular music
  • composition and sound design for film, TV and games
  • spatial sound and immersive audio
  • ecomusicology / music, sustainability and political ecology
  • music and philosophy
  • music and political economy.

Study style

You’ll have the opportunity to choose between a research-based or practice-based project. For example, write a thesis of 80,000 words for the research-based PhD or, for the practice-based option, create a piece of content or stage a multi-media event and accompany it with a much-shorter written component. As a practice-based student, you’ll have access to our state-of-the-art studios and equipment.

Which department am I in?

School of Media

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£10,000.00 (10,24,462) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 October 2021

Venue

Park Campus

The Park,

CHELTENHAM,

GLOUCESTERSHIRE,

GL50 2RH, England

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
£10,000.00 (10,24,462) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Information not available

Entry requirements

For international students

PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic. We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement. EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent. TOEFL: Reading - 22; Writing -24; Listening - 21; Speaking - 23; Total - 88.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Gloucestershire

Set in the southwest of the UK, the University of Gloucestershire offers students the chance to make the most of both city and countryside.

  • The UK’s most sustainable university 2019
  • Ranked 6th globally for postgraduate research (PRES 2019)
  • 95% graduates in work within six months (DLHE 2017/18)
  • International merit scholarships and country awards