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Research Degrees

We offer high-quality teaching, research-led practices, and world-leading courses.

Students studying for a research degree concentrate on pursuing an independent research project devised in consultation with their supervisors. Musicologists and ethnomusicologists write a large-scale dissertation, and composers produce a portfolio of original compositions accompanied by a critical commentary. You will work under the guidance of an expert supervisory team and your progress will be reviewed periodically to support you in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.

  • MA by thesis - 1 year full-time or two years part-time
  • MMus by thesis - 2 years full-time or four years part-time
  • MMus by composition - 2 years full-time or four years part-time
  • MMus by performance - 2 years full-time or four years part-time
  • PhD by thesis - 3 years full-time or six years part-time
  • PhD by composition - 3 years full-time or six years part-time
  • PhD by performance - 3 years full-time or six years part-time