Music Performance MPhil/PhD

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Qualification
MPhil/PhD Musical Performance
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 professional experience. Applicants with degrees in subjects other than music must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude. An upper second-class Honours degree (or international equivalent) or equivalent musical experience for MPhil.

Audition requirements: applicants are asked to prepare approximately 45 minutes of contrasting repertoire, submitted as a recent unedited video performance (online link or DVD to be sent by post).

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 MPhil/PhD in Musical Performance is available to advanced performers wishing to undertake practice-led research at the highest level. The degree will enable candidates to deepen critical engagement with and understanding of performance practice while exploring specific aspects of technique or repertoire. Candidates will follow an agreed programme of original research into the chosen topic supported by regular meetings with the agreed supervisors. For details of staff specialisms, visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/music. Additional supervision and collaboration may be available within other University departments and industry partners.

For submissions at MPhil level, assessment is normally one public recital or lecture-recital of approximately 60 minutes. The recital or lecture-recital must be accompanied by a dissertation of c.20,000 words on a related area, to be followed by a viva. For submissions at PhD level, assessment is normally either: (i) By one full-length public recital or lecture-recital of approximately 90 minutes, which can also be presented as a “minor” recital of 30 minutes at the end of year two and a “major” recital of 60 minutes at the end of year 3. The recital must be accompanied by a dissertation of c.50,000 words on a related area or equivalent, to be followed by a viva. The recital performance should display an original and imaginative stance on the art of performance, an advanced level of creative ability and outstanding technical and interpretative mastery. The recital should be worthy of a professional standard of performance. Or (ii) Assessment option 2 is normally two public recitals or lecture-recitals of approximately 60 minutes each, the first at the end of year two and the second at the end of year three. The recitals must be accompanied by a 20,000-word commentary or equivalent, to be followed by a viva. The recital or lecture-recital performances should display an original and imaginative stance on the art of performance, an advanced level of creative ability and outstanding technical and interpretative mastery. The recitals or lecture-recitals should be worthy of a professional standard of performance.

 

Facilities

The department is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation overlooking the boating lake on University Park Campus. Specialist music facilities include an on-site music library (including listening booths, a large collection of sound recordings and a video and DVD archive, and a substantial range of books, scores and online resources), a computer laboratory, an iMac suite, a fully-equipped recording studio, teaching and practice rooms, a dedicated postgraduate study room with networked PCs and a wireless router, a lecture theatre, an orchestral-size Rehearsal Hall, and the Djanogly Recital Hall, one of the country’s top 10 venues for chamber music, where professional and student concerts are presented throughout the year. The department owns a varied collection of orchestral and early instruments.

Postgraduate students in Performance Studies will have the opportunity to be featured as soloists with University ensembles such as the Philharmonia Orchestra. Students will also be encouraged and supported in performances through the newly established Forum for Artistic Research as well as in professional venues off-campus in collaboration with organisations such as the Theatre Royal, Nottingham Albert Hall and St Peter’s Nottingham. Further opportunities include the postgraduate research forum and regular workshops and lectures with distinguished visiting scholars and artists in partnership with Lakeside Arts.

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 Performance Dr Xenia Pestova (xenia.pestova@nottingham.ac.uk) about your research proposal before submitting an application. She may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area. 

Candidates will follow an agreed programme of original research into the chosen topic supported by regular meetings with the agreed supervisors. For details of staff specialisms, visit http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/music. Additional supervision and collaboration may be available within other University departments and industry partners.

 

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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