Department of Music

Research culture and training

The Department of Music provides excellent support for its research students, many of whom gain valuable teaching experience and publish their research while studying with us.

Research students are first given the opportunity to lead undergraduate seminars, and some, toward the end of their PhD research, have given lecture courses on their area of study.

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Programme of research training and skills development

All students registered for a research degree are offered the opportunity to participate in an unrivalled programme of research training and skills development.

  • An annual departmental Postgraduate Study Day provides students with an opportunity to deliver papers on their research projects in a supportive and interactive environment.
  • The department hosts distinguished speakers in its series of colloquia and in the international conferences that it convenes; postgraduates are actively involved in the organising of such events.
  • Postgraduate students run their own lively programme of research events, which includes regular reading groups and research seminars and occasional study days.
  • Doctoral students may attend the masters-level Research Techniques module, which covers topics essential to advanced research in music, including classes on bibliographic tools in musicology, research resources and archives, working with manuscripts and recordings, writing for musicological journals, and giving conference papers.

Research training

On joining the University, you will receive automatic membership of the Graduate School, and the Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre (SSAGC)


The Graduate School is a unique facility for postgraduate students across the University, which provides a range of facilities, training opportunities and support, as well as workshops and events to enhance the postgraduate experience and help you to develop a range of transferable skills.

The Social Sciences and Arts Graduate Centre (SSAGC) delivers and reviews activities aimed specifically at postgraduates in the Arts Faculty.

The experience of undertaking research for the first time can be very different to undergraduate study – and rather daunting. The Graduate School offers support in making this transition with their Researcher Development Programme. The SSAGC works closely with academic schools to offer its Arts Faculty Researcher Skills Programme, which is in line with Research Councils UK standards, and tailored to early, mid and late stages of study.

All registered research students are offered training in the following:

  • generic research skills
  • IT skills
  • communication skills
  • career management
  • teaching


Other support and events

The Graduate School runs a series of events throughout the year including:


Careers workshops – including advice on planning your career following your postgraduate studies

  • Recruitment events – to meet potential employers and learn about the opportunities for research careers
  • Insider knowledge events – providing in-depth information on postgraduate issues, including how to apply for and make yourself more eligible for specific funding
  • Social events – including the ever-popular coffee, cake and catch up gatherings

The SSAGC Researcher Portal is a University intranet dedicated to promoting new cross-disciplinary collaborations and fostering existing interdepartmental collaborative structures. There you will find:

  • the latest information about what's happening in the AGC.
  • a searchable research profile area where you can create your own profile and find out what other PG students are doing.
  • an online forum where you can share your questions, ideas and needs.
  • a calendar with all Faculty of Arts and PGSA events.
  • information about funding, placements, conferences and much more...


Language courses

Specialist services assist with academic English, and learning additional modern foreign languages.


The Language Centre offers language modules, in Arabic, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, to postgraduates and staff from all departments.

The Language Centre

The Centre for English Language Education provides English language support for international and EU students

Centre for English Language Education


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View our research opportunities in the postgraduate online prospectus

Composition MPhil/PhD

Musicology MPhil/PhD

Music MA (by Research)

Performance MPhil/PhD


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