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Music (Research)

Cardiff University
Program overview
3-5 Years
Full time/part time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
Start dates
30 September 2020

03 January 2021

31 March 2021

30 June 2021

Program description

Music (Research)

Research-active staff at the School of Music offer supervision in all areas across

  • musicology
  • composition
  • performance.

You may specialise in any of these areas for PhD, presenting work in one of three different formats: a thesis, a portfolio of compositions with commentary, or a performance recital with supporting thesis.

We combine acknowledged research expertise in dedicated areas with a commitment to the wider scholarly world, and a clear sense of our role in the cultural life of a capital city.

Strategic collaborations with international organisations, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Welsh National Opera, and National Museum Wales, allow us to make extensive contributions to the world of music, both within and beyond academia.

We are home to an active and engaged postgraduate community. Our postgraduates are encouraged to play an integral role in our research culture, including participating in research events, projects, and seminars.

Admission requirements

Suitable for graduates in Music. Candidates are normally expected to have a 1st or upper 2nd class Honours degree, or equivalent, and to have completed, or be about to complete, a taught master's degree involving music.

Applicants must also show evidence of appropriate skills in music composition (for Composition) or music performance (for Performance) as well as foreign language skills (if relevant).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website

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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?


To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in professional music composition.


To offer knowledge and expertise for a career in higher education and writing about music.


To offer knowledge and expertise for to pursue further research, teaching, and professional performance.

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Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...

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CF10 3AT Cardiff

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