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Cardiff University School of Music - PhD Opportunities

  • Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding
    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

Profile Description

Cardiff School of Music is a lively and ambitious centre dedicated to first-class research, composition and performance and research-led teaching of the highest quality. The wide range of experience and expertise amongst the staff ensures that the School offers leading edge teaching and research in numerous areas of the discipline.

At the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, 70% of the School's submitted research was assessed as showing work of international excellence. The quality of the School's work attracts research income from all major research councils, including the British Academy, Leverhulme Trust and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as public bodies such as Channel 4 and the Arts Council.

Research at the School of Music

The School of Music offers recognised research-led teaching strengths in numerous areas of the discipline. Its recently enhanced research status has established it at the cutting edge of international research in the following areas:

  • Music of the 'long' 18th century
  • Central European music
  • Composition
  • 20th-century British and French music
  • Performance practice and organology
  • Biographical studies
  • Sketch and source studies
  • Music and politics
  • Popular culture
  • Aesthetic, analytical and theoretical
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Music of the Middle East and Central Asia

The PhD Programme
Postgraduate research at the School of Music is currently thriving, with over 40 students enrolled. All three areas of postgraduate research - Musicology, Performance and Composition - lead towards the degree of PhD. PhD programmes may be pursued full-time or part-time.

All postgraduate students participate in weekly seminars to discuss research issues and are invited to give presentations on their own research or compositions. These seminars are also business meetings at which practical matters concerning postgraduate study with the School may be raised. Special seminars and workshops are also often organised as part of more extended stays by visiting scholars and composers.

Our postgraduates are encouraged to promote their research beyond their immediate studies, whether it be in print, on air or in the concert hall.

Funding Opportunities
The School of Music at Cardiff University offers a limited number of studentships to support postgraduate study. In addition, the University has also been awarded a number of AHRC Postgraduate Studentships in Music via a Block Grant Partnership for 2009-2013.

Studentships offered by the School will be advertised on the School website and in the University's Funding and Scholarship Search database at, which also lists other potential funding opportunities.

How to Apply
Applicants should contact the School in the first instance, then submit an online application. Information on the application process can be found at

Further information on the programme can be found at

Further Information

Cardiff School of Music
Postgraduate Secretary
Tel: 029 2087 4816
Fax: 029 2087 4379

Funding Notes

This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.

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