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School of Music PhD Studentships

  Cardiff School of Music

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About the Programme

Cardiff University School of Music is pleased to announce two doctoral studentships for entry in October 2021 for research in any aspect of music, including musicology, composition, research-led performance and ethnomusicology. We are seeking outstanding UK/EU and international postgraduates with an appropriate record of achievement who have, or expect to achieve, either a Master’s degree with distinction or merit from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification from outside the UK, or with suitable professional experience.

Studentships will cover full UK/EU tuition fees over the period of the candidature. In addition, students may claim up to £1,200 for research expenses during their candidature. (International applicants should note that the studentship will only cover the equivalent Home fee amount and that any shortfall in fee amount must be covered by the student.) Studentships are available on a full-time or part-time basis with a 1st October 2021 start date.

About Cardiff University School of Music

The Cardiff School of Music is an ambitious centre dedicated to research, composition and performance. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas including historical studies, performance and performance practice, composition, analysis, music of the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, popular music, film music studies and ethnomusicology. For details of staff research interests please visit our individual staff profiles and:

Our reputation for excellence was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School ranks 8th in the UK amongst music departments for research excellence and scored 90% in the category “research environment” – an esteem indicator of scholarly standing that measures how conducive the environment is to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability. This is more than double the sector average. 85% of the School's research has been judged to be either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent." The School's aim is simple: to provide a stimulating and supportive environment where students and staff can flourish and work together in a wide range of musical scholarship, composition and performance. Research students in the School have the opportunity to work with and learn from world class scholars, and to work alongside students from across the world.

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following by the deadline indicated below:

A completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Music –

(Please specify Doctor of Philosophy (Music) with a start date of October 2021)

The following documentation (attached to an email with the subject School of Music Studentship) to

  1. Letter of application stating your reasons for wishing to pursue PhD study.
  2. Short abstract of the proposed PhD (500 words)
  3. Full research proposal for the PhD (2000 words, excluding references)
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Official transcripts of previous qualifications
  6. Two academic references

Applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor prior to making an application.

Deadline for receipt of applications: 12.00pm noon 1 March 2021

Funding Notes

Studentships will cover full UK/EU tuition fees over the period of the candidature (international applicants will receive the equivalent UK/EU tuition fee amount as a fee discount but are responsible for covering the remaining fee amount) In addition, students may claim up to £1,200 for research expenses during their candidature.

Studentships are available on a full-time basis with an October 2021 start date.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 1 March 2021
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