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Research in music and sound takes place within the School of Arts, which brings together a broad range of interconnected subject areas in its Departments of Music & Media and Theatre & Dance, including dance, digital arts, music, theatre and performance and sound recording.
The School is highly collegiate, with a close-knit and supportive academic environment. It is home to the Institute of Sound Recording, one of the world's leading centres for research in psychoacoustic engineering and sound perception. Our musical 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 and venues for concert performance and musical theatre.
Key research areas include:
• Musical Performance and performance studies
• Analytical, aesthetic, critical, historical, study of:
- Popular musics
- Western classical music from the 18th century to the present day
- African-American music, including jazz
- British music
- Screen music
- Musical theatre
• Disciplinary and interdisciplinary studies of:
- Critical, cultural and historical musicology
- Biography and reception history
- Historiography and the canon
- Music and meaning, philosophy, literature
• Sound and sonic arts; digital technology
• PhD in Music
• PhD in Sound Recording
Research degrees overview
Our research degrees prepare you for success at each stage of your PhD project development. The structure is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates. Completion of the programme entails submission of a thesis, the submission of practice if undertaking a practice-based PhD, and an oral viva with external examiners.
PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training:
1. University-level training is provided by the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme and the University Library including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led University Postgraduate conference.
2. School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker events and conferences.
3. You will also receive subject-specific training that will vary depending on your programme. You may participate in research "intensives", featuring formal presentations of work by students, keynote seminars, study groups on current themes in Arts research, and research skills training sessions. You may meet regularly for debate and discussion and participate in annual formal presentations of research.
For all programmes (apart from Sound Recording), entry is on the basis of a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience. Candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research will be required to evidence appropriate experience and expertise. For Sound Recording, a high level of academic achievement in relevant science/engineering subject areas and a clear aptitude for research are required. Typically this will mean a first or high upper second-class Bachelors degree with a significant final-year project or dissertation, or a Masters degree achieving or approaching distinction, with a significant research project element. Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above. Auditions will be held for entry to some programmes. Please see online for further details.
Studentship opportunities - October 2016 entry
Deadline for Studentship application 4pm 12 January 2016
• 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). Fully funded doctoral awards are available at the University of Surrey in Music, Sound and Sonic Arts. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/ahrc/index.htm
• Internal studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. http://www.surrey.ac.uk/fass/research/studentships/index.htm
For full programme information and information on how to apply for PhD study, please visit:
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.