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The University of Kent has an excellent reputation and we are recognised for the quality of our teaching and our global research.
Our Centre for Music and Audio Technology offers distinctive Music degrees in a supportive, collaborative environment at the Historic Dockyard Chatham, part of the University's Medway campus.
PhD in Music
Our PhD in Music gives you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, technologists, ethnomusicologists and theorists. During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the Centre for Music and Audio Technology.
Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of aspects of music composition, performance, ethnomusicology and music technology, and supervision is available in all of these areas.
For these programmes, you have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, we regularly invite academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students' research.
Kent is a top 20 research university. All of our academic schools produce world-class research, and Kent is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study.
The Centre for Music and Audio Technology's research can be grouped into three intersecting areas of activity:
• Composition, Technology and Performance;
• Psychology of Music, Music, Health and Wellbeing, Community Music and Education;
• Popular Music Studies, Ethnomusicology.
In making, applying and valuing music as creative practice and cultural industry, the Centre is both publicly engaged and acknowledging of music's benefits to society, health and wellbeing.
The Historic Dockyard Chatham is over 400 years old with a fascinating history visible in the staggering scale of the buildings on site which reflect its industrial past. These spaces have been adapted to provide industry-standard music facilities for the Centre for Music and Audio Technology.
Our state-of-the-art facilities include purpose-built recording studios, post-production rooms, rehearsal spaces, workstations and seminar rooms. We have a professionally designed 5.1 recording and compositional space and a spatial audio studio. In addition, we have a multi-loudspeaker sound diffusion system for the performance of sonic art and live electronics.
The University's Drill Hall Library is well resourced in our subject area and houses special collections of CDs, DVDs and musical scores. Students also have access to specialist online and printed journals as well as other electronic resources.
Funding and Scholarships
The University has a postgraduate scholarship fund of £11million, including funding from the UK Research Councils. Opportunities range from a generous number of research student scholarships, through to location and subject specific funding, sport and music scholarships, and funding specifically for overseas fee-paying students.
Researcher Development Programme
The University of Kent's Graduate School co-ordinates the Researcher Development Programme for research students, which includes workshops focused on research, specialist and transferable skills. The programme is mapped to the national Researcher Development Framework and covers a diverse range of topics, including subject-specific research skills, research management, personal effectiveness, communication skills, networking and teamworking, and career management skills.
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.