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Research Degrees

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, composers produce a portfolio of original compositions accompanied by a critical commentary, and performers give a recital 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.  Detailed guidance on preparing an application can be found here.

 

ProgrammeDurationThesis length
MA by thesis 1 year full-time or two years part-time 50,000 words (maximum)
MMus by thesis 2 years full-time or four years part-time 70,000 words (maximum)
MMus by composition 2 years full-time or four years part-time Commentary length: 12,000 words;
Composition length: 60 minutes
MMus by performance 2 years full-time or four years part-time Commentary length: 30,000 words;
Performance length: 60 minutes of music
PhD by thesis 3 years full-time or six years part-time 100,000 words (maximum)
PhD by composition 3 years full-time or six years part-time Commentary length: 20,000 words;
Composition length: 90 minutes
PhD by performance 3 years full-time or six years part-time

Commentary length: 50,000 words;
Performance length: 70 minutes of music

 

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