Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts. We will be delighted to discuss your area of interest with you but, before doing so, it is important to determine whether or not we can offer research supervision in your chosen area.
The aim of our research programmes is to give each student the best possible foundation from which to launch further research and career development. We help our students to develop the relevant research skills and methods and also support the development of related skills such as IT, presentation and career planning.
This approach, together with the relevant research expertise and resources support the completion of high-quality research degree programmes.
Details of current and recent research degree topics include:
Full-time students will meet with their Director of Study (DoS) at least once a month, and with their supervisory team at least 3 times a year (every two months with the DoS plus 2 meetings a year with the team for part-timers).
Approximately halfway through the study (12-18 months full-time, or 3 years part-time) the student is required to complete a ‘Progression’ stage. Here the student will summarise their research achievements and outline their future research plans (including research methods) up to completion. They will also give a presentation of their work to an independent assessor and members of the research community. Finally, at the end of their study, they will produce a thesis for a viva examination by an internal and an external academic with the appropriate expertise.
Based within the purpose-built Performance Hub, the School of Performing Arts houses a supportive and inspiring environment for postgraduate research study across theatre, musical theatre, dance and music. PhD students will be located within the Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP), a vibrant community of practice-researchers and scholars who create and explore the performing arts via nationally- and internationally-recognised research.
The Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP) has a strong reputation for diverse and innovative research and our staff welcome proposals across a range of subject areas. Our primary research specialisms are:
Our postgraduate research students play a key role in our research community and we are experienced in supporting research projects to successful completion. We see our PhD students as early-career researchers and fully support them towards their chosen career, with funding towards conference attendance and research visits and encouragement to disseminate their work to the wider academic community.
Research students are invited to attend the Faculty’s rolling programme of open lectures, seminars, workshops and skills training events, as well as those staged by the University and Doctoral College. We also expect them to contribute to the annual PhD students’ self-organised conference.
All student activity is supported and encouraged by our experienced and knowledgeable PhD supervisors who are happy to advise when needed. They meet regularly with their supervisees to ensure full support throughout the life-time of the doctoral study which can be either practice-led research (35-45,000 words + practice) or theory-based (90,000 words).
Successful completion of your PhD opens up a range of career opportunities and demonstrates your proven skills as a researcher. In all areas of music, having a PhD is now an essential element for those looking to develop a career in lecturing or research within higher education. As well as demonstration of your research skills, a PhD shows your extensive knowledge of a particular field in an applied and rigorous manner that is attractive to employers.
In addition to developing competence in a range of intellectual skills that can be advantageous to the majority of occupations, a PhD in Music is academically relevant to careers in the arts and media, leading to employment in arts administration, research, music journalism, music management, and teaching.
Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:
• a first or upper second class honours degree, or
• a master’s degree, or
• evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research.
An Applicant whose entry award was not delivered in English, or non-native speaker of English shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score of 7.0 or its equivalent to be registered as a Research Degree student.