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Music MPhil, PhD

UK

What will I learn?

Our Music PhD programmes enable you to pursue advanced research in the areas of classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music through a range of approaches. These include practice-based research, and musicological and theoretical inquiry.

Practice-based research focuses on composition, performance, improvisation and other forms of multi-media work.

Areas of musicological and theoretical inquiry can include the following approaches:

cultural and critical
historiographic
ethnomusicological
music analytical
philosophical and aesthetic

If you choose to engage in academic research you are normally assessed by a thesis of no more than 100,000 words for PhD and 50,000 words for MPhil. If you choose to undertake practice-based research you will normally submit a portfolio (eg of scores, sound files, video files, other forms of documentation or some combination of these), supplemented by a related dissertation to explain the larger, practice-based component.

Which department am I in?

Newcastle University

Study options

Full Time (36 months)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 22,319) per year
This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

Expected September 2023

Venue

Newcastle University

King’s Gate,

Newcastle upon Tyne,

Northumberland,

NE1 7RU, England

Entry requirements

For international students

A 2:1 honours degree or higher (or international equivalent), in a related subject. PhD applicants also require a Master's degree at Merit standard or higher (or international equivalent). English Language Requirements - IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).; TOEFL 100 overall (with a minimum of 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing).; Pearsons 69 overall (with a minimum of 61 in all sub-skills).

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

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About Newcastle University

Newcastle University offers an internationally respected qualification, and a graduate employment rate of 94 per cent.

  • Historic campus with modern facilities
  • Nine National Teaching Fellowships awarded among staff
  • Scholarships and bursaries available
  • Highest offer rate of Russell Group universities

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