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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Chichester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT-22, FEB-23

  • Duration

    48 months

Course summary

Our Music programme is one of the largest and liveliest in the UK, and focuses on music as an applied art; one that is engaged with the musical world in all its diversity and excitement. This means that our courses are focused on practical work, from performance, composition and improvisation to musical theatre performance, training in instrumental or vocal teaching, music business, introductions to music therapy and community music, as well as traditional music analysis, cultural history, and critical theory. Our community of MPhil and PhD students, supervised by our highly dedicated academic team of practicing artists and researchers, are mostly concerned with research related to practice-based performance, although research across disciplines, and with a mix of practical, creative and theoretical aspects, is also encouraged. All of our academics participate in the University's calendar of research events, regularly presenting papers and practical research findings at seminars and in workshops in-house and internationally. Each year, at least one member of the academic staff works towards staging a major research performance, or demonstrates practice-driven work-in-progress.

Aims of the Programme: The main aims of the programme are: a) The creation and interpretation of new knowledge through original research or other advanced scholarship, or of a quality to satisfy peer review, extend the forefront of the discipline and merit publication; b) A systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge which is at the forefront of the academic discipline; c) The general ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the generation of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline, and to adjust the project; design in the light of unforeseen problems; d) A detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry appropriate to the discipline.

Having successfully completed this programme you will: Have demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field; Have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity; Have made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication; Are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas; Can communicate with your peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about your areas of expertise; Can be expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.

Assessment methods The award of MPhil or PhD is assessed through submission of a written thesis or equivalent for practice-based disciplines and an oral examination with a panel of examiners (viva voce). The viva is compulsory for both PhD and MPhil.

Tuition fees

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£ 14,508per year

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University information

University of Chichester

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

    University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6PE, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    43rd out of 87 24

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    136 67%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.26 85%



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