Research Degrees

Within the area of Music, we have a small but energetic body of research students, primarily clustered around composition and technology.

A PhD by portfolio of compositions requires students to write around 90 minutes of music, which should include a substantial work, accompanied by a reflective commentary of around 40,000 words, which makes clear the research content of the portfolio. Students work closely with the composers on staff, and have opportunities to have their music played by student ensembles and by visiting professional ensembles such as the Edinburgh Quartet.

Technology students are working with state-of-the art low latency video technology (LoLa) to develop real-time minimal lag collaboration with national and international partners to push the boundaries of the technology and develop new models of rehearsal and performance fit for the 21st century.

We have a vibrant and dynamic research community across the School of Arts and Creative Industries that incorporates students and staff from across the arts and engages them with collaborative and interdisciplinary discussions on a regular basis.


Email enquiries to: Dr John Hails – Director of the Applied Music Research Centre