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Music PhD Programme

  • Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

Profile Description

The University is rated 69th in the 2014 QS World University Rankings and is in the top ten UK research-intensive universities (latest Research Assessment Exercise). Our academics produce world class and internationally recognised research and the University takes pride in its research-led critical thinking that aims to make an impact in the world.

Central to this is our large body of postgraduate research students of over 2000 across our departments and more than 240 in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Our Doctoral Academy at Sheffield offers postgraduate researchers personalised skills training, expert careers advice and the opportunity to become part of an inspiring, collaborative group of researchers from across the disciplines.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities
The Faculty is recognised for our world class research, our diverse range of research centres and our highly employable postgraduates. We explore, share and recreate expressions of the human experience and are known for our interdisciplinary and diverse approaches, our extensive public engagement and collaborative work, and our innovations in the digital humanities.

The Department of Music
The Department is independently ranked among the top music departments in the UK, for both research and the wider student experience. With 15 permanent members of academic staff, a varying number of fellows and assistants allied to research projects, and well over 100 graduate students, the Department of Music has a strong and diverse research profile.

Our research is organised into six main areas of activity: performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, psychology of music, and music technology. Most research students pursue their own individual projects, although we do host large-scale research projects supporting research studentships.

We have excellent opportunities to share and present research to peers and the wider academic community. We run Graduate Study Days, a Visiting Research Seminar series and several reading groups, which foster a sense of community and a culture of lively engagement and intellectual enquiry.

Research activity is supported by fully equipped practice facilities, electroacoustic and recording studios, as well as facilities for empirical research in the psychology of music and the transcription of fieldwork materials.

There are many opportunities for performers within the University, including the Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, New Music Ensemble and Wind Orchestra, as well as jazz and folk music. The city of Sheffield supports numerous amateur and semi-professional choirs and orchestras. The department hosts regular lunchtime and evening concerts series, and beyond the University there is all manner of musical fare on offer, including the celebrated Music in the Round series at the Crucible, the Sheffield Jazz season and larger scale events held in the City Hall and Cathedral.

Funding Opportunities 

The Department has a variety of sources of postgraduate funding available including fully funded PhD scholarships.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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How good is research at University of Sheffield in Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 12.42

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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