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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Aberdeen

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    MAR-21, APR-21, MAY-21, JUN-21, JUL-21, AUG-21

  • Duration

    36 months

Course summary

The Department of Music has research strengths in composition (instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic), historical musicology and editing (medieval music, music and place, twentieth-century music, contemporary Scottish music and aesthetics), computational musicology (analysis), sonic arts and sound studies. Composers, musicologists and performers within the department have a track record in collaborating in the organisation of events that bring normally disparate research communities together.

Staff at Aberdeen are internationally renowned in their chosen fields and have books, editions and articles published in many of the major journals and publishing houses and are regular contributors to international conferences. Their compositions are performed throughout the world and are recorded and broadcast on many radio and TV stations and they have received commissions from such groups as the BBC and Carnegie Hall, New York City.

At Aberdeen postgraduate candidates can study at masters level (MMUS by research; MMUS – six pathways: composition, musicology, performance, sonic arts, community music, education; or the MPhil in composition or musicology), and at doctoral level (PhD) in composition or musicology.

Approaches from applicants who wish to undertake their studies as Distance Learners will be considered, subject to discussion with an appropriate supervisor.

Please note that part-time study is not available for resident international students. The PhD may be conducted, full-time or part-time, by distance learning, which carries no residency requirement.

The PhD at the University of Aberdeen is a research degree. Research degrees are defined by the student’s own research proposal, on which the student will write a thesis. Research students read on their own research topic and work closely with their supervisors to define their research and write a thesis. They also attend regular research seminars, are provided with opportunities to attend conferences and for some postgraduates, there are opportunities to gain undergraduate teaching experience.

There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers and Employability Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,500per year

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

University information

University of Aberdeen

  • University League Table

    26th

  • Campus address

    University of Aberdeen, Directorate of External Relations, King's College, Aberdeen, Aberdeen, City Of, AB24 3FX, Scotland

One of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide).
Student population includes over 130 nationalities, with strong international global networks.
An International Centre provides support to students from application to graduation.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 81 1

    16th out of 85 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    171 86%

    9th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95 95%

    6th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.76 75%

    78th

    13
  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    168 77%

    14th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%

    29th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.16 83%

    27th

    17

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