Music Technology, Sonic Arts and Composition MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time)

Cambridge

January 2018, April 2018, September 2018

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MPhil: 1-2 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).

PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).


Distance-learning supervision available on this course.


This course is located in the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Find out more about our research.

Overview

Our PhD research programmes in Cambridge will allow you to explore your own interests in music and performance technology, supported by the expertise of our staff.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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Our staff are recognised as experts in their fields and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles, edited collections, compositions, recordings and creative artefacts.

Dr Jon Banks, BA, MA, DPhil (Lecturer): world music and ethnomusicology; music of the Middle East; temperament and tuning systems; music and science; historical music.

Dr Tom Hall, BA, MA, DPhil (Senior Lecturer): electronic and algorithmic music; computer-aided composition; pitch-class approaches to post-tonal tonality; the music of Morton Feldman; immersive sound art and Hörspiel.

Dr Richard Hoadley, BA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): algorithmic composition; the human computer interface and development.

Paul Jackson, BA, MA, PGCE (Principal Lecturer): the music of Percy Grainger; modernist music; contemporary music theatre; music performance studies.

Dr Paul Rhys, BA, Dip, PhD (Senior Lecturer): composition; microtonality; nineteen-note equal temperament; live performance with computers.

Where you'll research

Your department and faculty

The School of Performance is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.

We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

Cambridge
Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Specialist facilities

You’ll work in our purpose-built music centre, which includes an extensive suite of computer music studios with workstation laboratories, digital editing studios, recording facilities and band rooms, as well as a recital hall, practice rooms and lecture rooms. We also have the full-size Mumford Theatre on campus, which regularly hosts professional musicians. Our studios include a wide selection of specialist computer hardware and software along with full internet access, and are supported by an extensive range of online facilities and resources.

You’ll also have access to five grand pianos, including a new Steinway Model D, and many orchestral instruments, as well as traditional instruments from India, China and Africa, and a Balinese Gamelan.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)

£4,195

UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year, part time)

£2,098

International students, 2017/18 (per year)

£11,900

Writing up, 2017/18 (full-time)

£1,350

Writing up, 2017/18 (part-time)

£850

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£4,195

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (Part-time, per year)

£2,098

2018/2019 fees will be set at the level recommended by RCUK. This will be announced in the early part of 2018. As a guideline RCUK uplift their fee support each year in line with the GDP inflator.

Bench fees

The UK, EU & International 2018/19 Bench fees will range between £1000 to £7000.

PhD by Published Work

Initial registration: £1100
Full registration: £3500

Writing up fees 2018-19

Full-time: £1400
Part-time: £1000

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Funding

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

Careers

We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.

In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email alsspgr-recruitment@anglia.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

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MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.

PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.

Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.

If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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