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Popular Music Studies: Technologies and Audiences

School of Arts and Creative Industries

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Prof C Atton , Dr P Harkins No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Project Description

Research-active staff in the music department at Edinburgh Napier University are working on a number of interdisciplinary projects in the areas of Popular Music Studies (PMS), Science and Technology Studies (STS), the music industries, music technologies, hip-hop studies, popular music pedagogies, and jazz. We welcome proposals from applicants who are interested in conducting research into any aspect of popular music but specifically the history of music technologies, the development of digital technologies including synthesizers and samplers, the music industries (including live music, recorded music, music publishing, and music management), music journalism (especially fanzines and forms of alternative media) and any other topic relating to the production, distribution, and consumption of popular music. We are willing to accept either full-time or part-time applicants. Edinburgh Napier University has been voted the top modern university in the UK for music in The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 2020 and we are looking to expand our community of postgraduate research students.

Academic Qualifications

A first degree (at least a 2.1) ideally in the arts, humanities and social sciences with a good fundamental knwoledge of the academic study of music or the study of culture more generally. Preference is likely to be given to applicants with a Master’s degree. We may consider applicants who don’t meet these academic requirements if they have extensive relevant experience.

English language requirement

IELTS score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components). Other, equivalent qualifications will be accepted. Full details of the University’s policy are available online.

• Experience of fundamental analysing of qualitative data using recognised methods.
• Competent in a discipline such as, but not limited to, music, ethnomusicology, sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, media studies, and English literature.
• Knowledge of the discipline and research methods to complete a PhD thesis.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
• Strong motivation, with evidence of independent research skills relevant to the project.
• Good time management

Funding Notes

This PhD is on a part time basis only. It is also a funded PhD open to UK students only.


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Hesmondhalgh, D. & Negus, K. eds. 2002. Popular Music Studies. London: Arnold.
Shepherd, J. & Devine, K. 2015. The Routledge Reader on the Sociology of Music. London & New York: Routledge.
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