Supervision and research expertise
The department offers supervision for MPhil and PhD students in a wide range of areas.
Composition (including computer-aided and electroacoustic composition)
Contemporary performance practice
History of music
Music and health
Music and history
Music and society
Music in contemporary culture
Performance with electronics
Staff profiles, including supervision expertise publications
Research opportunities in the postgraduate online prospectus
You will therefore be able to identity a suitable supervisor for almost any doctoral project you intend to undertake. When a project requires expertise spanning two or more departments in the University, we may be able to offer co-supervision with colleagues in other disciplines.
Teaching and learning
The Department of Music offers excellent opportunities for research student supervised and independent learning.
The department's lively research culture includes regular research seminars, which offer the chance to hear visiting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas as well as opportunities for staff and postgraduates to present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment. These occasions also allow postgraduate students to broaden their knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process.
Students are also encouraged to participate in the department’s Centre for Music on Stage and Screen activities.
Additional research training is provided via the Graduate School, and AHRC-funded students can take advantage of training provided across the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.
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Dr Lonán Ó Briain discusses the Department of Music's Denis Arnold Library.
Facilities and resources
Nottingham has excellent facilities for doctoral students both in terms of formal seminars, symposia and conferences, and personal study space.
The Department of Music, part of the School of Humanities, is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation within the Lakeside Arts Centre. The practical and technical facilities are excellent, including:
- a well-stocked, on-site library with listening area, multimedia facilities and an audio-visual archive
- a modern studio with first-rate equipment for electronic composition
- a PC lab giving access to word-processing and music-notation software
- a dedicated postgraduate study room with networked PCs and a wireless router
- practice rooms with new pianos.
The Djanogly Recital Hall has recently been acclaimed as one of the country's top-10 venues for chamber music, where performances of all kinds take place, including a regular series of professional concerts, public recitals by students, and concerts including student compositions. Adjacent is a large, purpose-built rehearsal hall.
Other key spaces for Music students include the Graduate School and Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre.
James Cook, PhD Music, talks about the department's great resources
Funding for research students
The primary source of funding for our students is through the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The University of Nottingham is the lead institution within the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C DTP).
The partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City, and is awarding 410 PhD studentships for study over a five year period commencing 2014.
The DTP provides UK/EU research candidates with cross-institutional mentoring, expert supervision including cross-institutional supervision where appropriate, subject-specific and generic training, and professional support in preparing for a career.
Applications for 2018 entry are now open. The deadline for applying is 15 January 2018.
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Whilst M3C DTP AHRC funding is only available to UK/EU students, this is by no means the only source of funding, and additional opportunities are listed on the department's funding page as they become available.
The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships.
You may also search the University’s funding database, designed to give you an indication of University scholarships for which you may be eligible to apply. The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.
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