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Music PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

We have 22 Music PhD Projects, Programmes & Scholarships

Are you passionate about music and looking to take your expertise to the next level? Pursuing a PhD in Music can be a rewarding and fulfilling journey that allows you to delve deeper into your chosen field of study.

What's it like to study a PhD in Music?

Studying a PhD in Music offers you the opportunity to explore your musical interests in great depth and contribute to the existing body of knowledge in the field. Whether you are interested in musicology, composition, performance, or music education, a PhD in Music allows you to focus on your specific area of interest and conduct original research.

During your PhD, you will work closely with experienced supervisors who will guide and support you throughout your research journey. You will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and archives to aid your research. Additionally, you may have the chance to collaborate with other musicians, attend conferences, and present your work to a wider audience.

Entry requirements for a PhD in Music

To be eligible for a PhD in Music, you will typically need a Master's degree in a relevant field. However, some universities may consider applicants with a Bachelor's degree if they have extensive professional experience in the music industry. It is important to check the specific entry requirements of the institution you are applying to.

PhD in Music funding options

Funding for PhDs in Music may be available from various sources, including governments, universities and charities, business or industry. See our full guides to PhD funding for more information.

PhD in Music careers

A PhD in Music opens up a range of exciting career opportunities. Many graduates go on to become university professors, teaching and mentoring the next generation of musicians. Others pursue careers as independent researchers, working for music institutions, cultural organizations, or publishing companies. Some may choose to continue their musical careers as performers, composers, or conductors, using their research to inform and enhance their artistic practice.

Furthermore, a PhD in Music equips you with transferable skills such as critical thinking, research methodology, project management, and communication, which are highly valued in various industries. You may find opportunities in arts administration, music journalism, music therapy, or even in the technology sector, working on music-related software and applications.

Embarking on a PhD in Music is not only a chance to deepen your knowledge and expertise but also a pathway to a fulfilling career in the vibrant world of music. So, if you are passionate about music and eager to contribute to the field, consider pursuing a PhD in Music and let your creativity soar.

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PhD Studentship (3 years): Investigating the untapped potential of music for improved community sustainability. A case study comparison

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD studentship, supported by the College of Business and Social Sciences to be undertaken within the Department of Politics, History and International Relations at Aston University. Read more

Emotional response to immersive audio in live music performance

This project is a collaboration between University of York and L-Acoustics as part of CoStar LiveLab. It will address the challenges of understanding the impact of different listening environments, contexts and technical setups and sound formats on listeners. Read more

Music PhD (option of joint PhD with Hong Kong University)

For 2024/25 entry, the Music Department is only accepting applications for PhDs in Eighteenth-Century Music History and Composition. Read more

Liverpool School of the Arts Doctoral Award

Faculty. Humanities and Social Sciences. Departments. Architecture, English, Communications & Media, Music, Philosophy. Level of award. Read more

PhD Studentship for research on psychological safety in elite performance training

PhD studentship at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, in association with Loughborough University. This opportunity is offered with a full fee waiver in the first instance, with the possibility of further funding. Read more

Research Degrees at UCA

Studying a creative research degree at UCA means joining a vibrant and progressive top ten research community with a wealth of specialist resources for creative research and practice. Read more

Culture, Media & Creative Industries PhD

Culture, Media & Creative Industries at King's carries out world-leading research across the field of culture, media and the analysis of particular creative industries. Read more

Research degrees in the School of Music

Whether you’re looking to begin your academic career or want to develop your skills and expertise for a career in industry, studying a research degree will be a journey that will stimulate your passion for your subject and push you to reach your potential. . Read more

Popular music, identity and community

  Research Group: Criminology and Sociology
This research topic focuses on the extent to which popular music, of whatever genre, has meaning at individual or group levels. Read more

Music - Postgraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Music offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain, with supervision from world-leading academics and access to outstanding facilities. Read more

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