PhD

Music

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:4 years
Local:$ 29.6k / 1 Academic year(s) Foreign:$ 48.6k / 1 Academic year(s) Deadline: May 31, 2021
StudyQA ranking:723

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The principal educational aim of the three-year PhD programme is to assist each student to acquire the research techniques, skills and knowledge that will enable them to make an original and significant contribution to scholarship, research or artistic practice in the discipline that is the focus of each individual's dissertation.  Given the focus of the programme on individual research excellence, it is necessarily tailored to the research interests of the student and the expertise of their supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the programme students should have acquired:

  • knowledge of and expertise in the techniques and methods appropriate to their chosen subject of study;
  • the ability to engage with both teaching and research at the highest level in the contemporary academic environment;
  • a clear understanding of the scope and applicability of their research in broader contexts.

Training for music specific research skills and transferable skills of ca 40 hours per year.

   
One to one supervision

Students can expect sixteen hours of supervision in the first year.  Thereafter supervisions are offered as appropriate or required.

Posters

In the course of their third year, doctoral students present a 20-minute paper (in the style of a conference paper) on a topic related to their PhD project, followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.

Feedback

Students can expect to receive an online feedback report each term.

Assessment

Thesis

PhD theses should not exceed 80,000 words excluding notes, appendices, and bibliographies, musical transcriptions and examples. Candidates whose work is practice-based may include as part of a doctoral submission either a portfolio of substantial musical compositions, or one or more recordings of their own musical performance(s).

Other

Progress assessments are made in years one, two and three of doctoral study.

  • Magistr (Master's Degree) at Pass level. Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of good or 4/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 4/5 Bologna Bachelor's from other institutions with an overall grade of 5/5, Excellent
  • Diploma Specialista (completed post-1991) with a minimum overall grade of Excellent or 5/5 Bachelor's from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology and other prestigious institutions with an overall grade of 5/5
  • IELTS (Academic) 7.5
  • TOEFL Internet Score 110
  • £50 application fee
  • First Academic Reference
  • Second Academic Reference
  • Transcript
  • Research Proposal. A research proposal of approximately 750 words (including bibliography and suggested supervisor). Composition applicants should submit an outline of a proposed programme of work and its end results, clarifying artistic intentions in terms of both their technical and poetic aspects.Applicants who wish to include a performance component in their eventual submission should also include a list of relevant performance activity and details of previous performance tuition.
  • Sample of Work. One or two samples of recent written work (eg essays of 2,000-4,000 words each or an undergraduate or Master's dissertation).
  • Composition Works. Composition applicants are asked to submit -a list of works and details of previous studies in composition; between 3 and 5 original scores
  • Audio recordings. Composition applicants are asked to submit recordings of at least one of their scores. Applicants who wish to include a performance component in their eventual submission should supply one or more audio recordings featuring a range of repertoire lasting approximately 60 minutes in total. Audio recordings cannot be uploaded through the University's online application system but should be submitted direct to the Faculty through Dropbox by sharing electronic files with graduate.application@mus.cam.ac.uk.
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