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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Cardiff University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    Start date: To be confirmed. Duration: 3-4 years.

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

This scheme is suitable for graduates in music, especially in the fields of historical musicology, music aesthetics, theory and analysis.

It aims to offer knowledge and expertise for a career in higher education and writing about music.

We offer a wide range of expertise, with particular strength in the following areas:

  • Critical Musicology: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Music, especially in modern times.
  • Ethnomusicology: African (including African diaspora); Celtic and Islamic regions, especially from an anthropological perspective; other areas may be considered.
  • Historical Musicology: Contemporary British Music, Music and Musical Life in Vienna 1750-1830, Music and Aesthetic Debate in the C18th, Opera in France in the C19th, Music and Society in C19th Britain, Performance Practice, Popular Music, Post-war French Music. Other areas may be considered.

These areas are cross-fertilised by other staff specialisms which include:

  • Biographical studies
  • Historiography of music
  • Performance practice and organology
  • Sketch and source studies
  • Music and politics
  • Popular culture and aesthetics
  • Analytical and theoretical perspectives

Distinctive features

Research students are given an allowance to help support attending conferences, obtaining research materials, recording performances of their music, or conducting relevant research away from Cardiff.

Refurbished facilities for music postgraduates including a suite of dedicated computer and study rooms, hi-fi facilities and electronic piano, a kitchen and a common room.

Depending on individual suitability (e.g. language proficiency) and research interests, postgraduates may elect to take a period of study abroad at one of many affiliated European University Music Schools.

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University information

Cardiff University

  • University League Table

    30th

  • Campus address

    Cardiff University, PO Box 921, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3XQ, Wales

Cardiff University is a global institution, with over 7,900 international students from more than 130 countries.
The university welcomes applications from international students and offer specialist facilities and dedicated support to help with a student’s studies.
Cardiff came second in the 2020 Natwest Student Living Index for monthly rental costs in UK university cities, and twelfth in terms of overall living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 85 2

  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    162 75%

    18th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74 74%

    23rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.44 89%

    6th

    2

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