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PhD Studentship Opportunities in Music, Sound and Digital Media Arts

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Profile Description

The Department of Music and Media at the University of Surrey invites applications from excellent candidates for PhD studentships covering fees and maintenance for October 2017 entry.

Studentship schemes for October 2017 entry:
• AHRC TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for TECHNE Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance.

• Internal studentships: these university-funded studentships are available for top-quality Home/EU or Overseas students, covering tuition fees (including international fees) and maintenance at current research-council rates for a full-time PhD.

Research programmes:
• PhD in Music
• PhD in Digital Media Arts
• PhD in Sound Recording (focusing on psychoacoustic engineering)

Research environment
Research in the Department of Music and Media brings together a broad range of interconnected disciplines including musicology, composition, performance, creative practice, digital arts, and psychoacoustic engineering. Our research within these areas is particularly distinguished by strategic emphasis and the development of innovative relationships between theory, analysis and creative practice in the Arts from the nineteenth century to the present day.

The Department offers a close-knit and supportive academic environment with appropriate research training and infrastructure. It is home to the Institute of Sound Recording, one of the world's leading centres for research in psychoacoustic engineering and sound perception, and the International Guitar Research Centre which hosts regular large-scale international conferences. Our music research and composition achieves wide international circulation through established scholarly channels and broadcast media. We are principal organisers of the Guildford International Music Festival. Facilities include industry-specification sound-recording studios, music-practice rooms, edit suites, Mac labs, and venues for concert performance.

Digital Media Arts integrates the study of Interactive Arts, Film-Making, Animation and Game Design, into the broader study of culture and the mass media. We also consider a wider context of contemporary screen and digital media-related activity, including VFX and VR/AR production. Much of our research explores new interdisciplinary or multi-disciplinary methods and topics. We support and value both the work of the individual scholar and collaborative research projects, with particular interests in Art-Technology interactions, and those which are based in relationships with external partners in the creative industries, at regional, national and international level.

Key research areas include:
• Musicology
• Composition
• Performance
• Psychoacoustic engineering
• Analytical, aesthetic, critical, historical, study of:
- Western classical music from the 18th century to the present day
- Popular musics
- African-American music, including jazz
- British music
- The music of fin-de-siècle Vienna and early Austro-German modernism
- Screen music
- Musical theatre
- Improvisation
- Performance studies (including historical performance practice)

• Disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of:
- Critical, cultural and historical musicology
- Biography and reception history
- Historiography and the canon
- Gender
- Phenomenology
- Music and meaning, philosophy, literature

• Sound and sonic arts; digital technology

• Embodied Media
- Virtual and Mixed Realities
- Interactive Installation
- Site Specific Performance
- (Re) constructing Virtual Heritage

• New Narratives:
- Inter/reactive Story Telling
- Performance in Virtual Environments
- Dynamic Character Creation

Entry requirements
See application links below for details.

How to Apply for a Studentship:
1) To be considered for a studentship, you first need to apply for a PhD at the University of Surrey. Please apply to either our Music or Sound Recording programme.
2) The latest you can apply, and be considered for a studentship, is midnight 18 December 2016.
3) Invited for interview.
4) If accepted, you will be invited to complete a studentship application.

Funding Notes: AHRC and internal studentships
Application enquiries: [email protected]

Applications link:
Sound Recording

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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