Music composition MPhil/PhD

  

Fact file

Qualification
MPhil/PhD Music composition
Duration

MPhil
Full-time: 2 years, Part-time: 4 years

PhD
Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: 6 years

Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude.

3 scores with recordings, if available. At least one work must be for large ensemble.

IELTS
7.0 (6.0) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
1 October, 1 December, 1 February, 1 April, 1 July
Campus
University Park
School/department
Other requirements

Research overview

The Department of Music has a national reputation for excellence in composition. There are many opportunities for students to have their compositions played and recorded by ensembles and orchestras and to benefit from Nottingham’s rich and diverse musical life. Individual supervision is supplemented by a programme of workshops and events. The MPhil is normally taken full-time over two years or part-time over four years, and is assessed by a portfolio of compositions lasting around 40 minutes and an accompanying commentary of 12,000 words. The PhD is normally taken full-time over three years or part-time over six years, and is assessed by a portfolio of compositions lasting around 60 minutes and an accompanying commentary of 20,000 words.

 

Facilities

The Department of Music, part of the School of Humanities, is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation adjacent to the Nottingham Lakeside Arts. Our excellent practical and technical facilities include:

  • a well-stocked, on-site library with listening area, multimedia facilities and an audio-visual archive;
  • a studio with first-rate equipment for electronic composition and sound recording;
  • a PC lab giving access to word-processing and music-notation software;
  • a dedicated postgraduate study room with networked PCs;
  • 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 NottFAR (Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research) new music concerts, the Lakeside Arts concert series featuring top professional classical and jazz performers, student ensemble concerts, including student ensemble concerts featuring student compositions and public recitals by students. Adjacent is a large purpose-built rehearsal hall.

There are also numerous performance opportunities

 

Research support

The Department's lively research culture includes the NottFAR (Nottingham Forum for Artistic Research) series featuring top new music performers and 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.

The Arts Graduate Centre offers a comprehensive range of research training courses. Postgraduate students in the department are also eligible to take the Research Techniques module that forms a part of the MA in Music, and may elect to audit other courses in the University.

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Postgraduate Students' Association (PGSA) is a particularly important source of support.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with Director of Composition Dr Elizabeth Kelly (elizabeth.kelly@nottingham.ac.uk) about your research proposal before submitting an application. She may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support in finding funding opportunities. 

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department website.

 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Competitive scholarships available include:

  • MA Scholarships
  • PhD Scholarships
  • Department MA Studentships
  • School Overseas Research Scholarship

The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership  supports the personal and professional development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. Studentships are available to UK/EU students.

Please note: the deadline for application for 2017 entry has now passed.

View University of Nottingham supervision areas and Midlands3Cities application procedures

The Partnership is a collaboration between the universities of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent, Leicester, De Montfort, Birmingham and Birmingham City.

This is by no means a complete list. For up-to-date information and application forms on these and other funding opportunities, please visit the funding section of the Department’s website.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students with 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.

For a detailed list of external funding schemes, please visit the School of Humanities funding page.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the Department page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

Owing to our reputation for excellence, over 95% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts entered employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation in 2015. The average starting salary was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.*

*Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

Career Prospects and Employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research.

 
 
 
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