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School of Performing Arts

Postgraduate research in Music

PhD Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

Now is a great time to start your postgraduate research degree as loans are now available to help ease the cost of study at this level.

Now is a great time to start your postgraduate research degree as loans are now available to help ease the cost of study at this level.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
  • Entry Requirements View
  • Fees View
  • Start Date(s) Variable start date
  • Award PhD
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

Now is a great time to start your postgraduate research degree as loans are now available to help ease the cost of study at this level. For more information please see the following web page:

Currently, the Faculty has three funded PhD studentships avaiable. See the following for details:

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts. We will be delighted to discuss your area of interest with you but, before doing so, it is important to determine whether or not we can offer research supervision in your chosen area.

The aim of our research programmes is to give each student the best possible foundation from which to launch further research and career development. We help our students to develop the relevant research skills and methods and also support the development of related skills such as IT, presentation and career planning.

This approach, together with the relevant research expertise and resources support the completion of high-quality research degree programmes.

Details of current and recent research degree topics include:


  • Musical interaction, particularly the design of digital musical instruments and new interfaces for learning abstract musical concepts and skills; Audio synthesis, particularly analogue/digital hybrid approaches and procedural audio for video games; The histories of live electronic music
  • Composition; Compositional analysis; Historical and contextual studies
  • Computer Modelling and Auralization/Virtual Acoustics; Acoustic Measurement in situ; Architectural Acoustics; Acoustics in Heritage Sites;
    Acoustics and Psychoacoustics; Perceptual Evaluation of Auralization
  • Composition; experimental composition, particularly process-oriented approaches; Experimental music; Contemporary music; Minimalism and reductionism in music, and related perceptual and temporal experiences; Psychoacoustics, perception and cognition; Experimental approaches to notation; Microtonality and tuning systems; Minimal and process visual art; Contemporary performance practice.
  • Minimalist Music, particularly archival research into the music of Steve Reich; assessment in Performing Arts.
  • The role of Instrumental music teachers in higher education.
  • Choral direction; Music Education; Eighteenth Century English Music; Improvisation; Church Music; Song writing (Oxford University Press, Sing Up); Piano performance (Lola Perrin Performance Hub commission 2013)


Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £4327 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £4407 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2164 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £2204 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £13350 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £13645 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6675 per year 2019-20
International Part-time £6823 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:

• a first or upper second class honours degree, or   • a master’s degree, or   • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research.   An Applicant whose entry award was not delivered in English, or non-native speaker of English shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score of 7.0 or its equivalent to be registered as a Research Degree student.  

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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