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  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Department is at the forefront of current research and postgraduate teaching across music styles and repertoires from a wide variety of critical perspectives. From 19th Century classical music to game music our staff and students undertake cutting edge, internationally recognised research. We are home to the Institute of Popular Music (IPM), the first academic centre created specifically to study popular music, and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Composition and Technology (ICCaT), a research institute dedicated to exploring how music composition and sonic art forms intersect with technology, performance and perception.


In a UNESCO City of Music with a wealth of musical institutions, organizations, festivals and events, our PhD students also have an opportunity to both study and participate through partnership with locally based cultural and creative industries.

Our lecturers and postgraduate students conduct research on a wide variety of topics in a vibrant and diverse department within an internationally renowned city of music. Our world-leading expertise in music encompasses numerous methodological approaches and critical perspectives including critical musicology, popular music studies, composition, music psychology and ethnomusicology. We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

Music industries
Music analysis – (with a particular emphasis on aesthetics, psychoanalysis, music and emotion, popular music)
Music and the moving image (film, television, music in gaming and music video)
Critical theoretical approaches (including Gender studies, race and ethnicity and diaspora)
Heritage and history
Non-Western musics
Composition (with a particular emphasis on its intersection with technology)
Technology and digitisation
Ethnography and ethnomusicology
Jazz studies
Music psychology

Research students participate fully in our research activity. They present papers at the Department’s research seminars and work as Teaching Assistants within the Department (with pedagogical training and support provided). There are also weekly research, career, and teaching seminars for all postgraduates. As a postgraduate student you'll be able to attend research seminars involving guest speakers from many disciplines and sub-disciplines.

Tuition fees

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£ 23,650per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Liverpool

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  • Campus address

    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and ‘Hello International!’ welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    40th out of 85 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    152 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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