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Research degree in Music

Course Description

Our Conservatoire PhD will help you create opportunities to develop research skills that support performance, composition or a scholarly career. Conservatoire research degrees can be pursued in a wide-range of interests in composition, music technology and musicology, including practice-based research. We support a range of thesis submissions, including composition portfolio supported by written commentary or a combination of written and performance elements as well as a traditional written thesis.

For a list of research areas please see our website.

Visit the Research degree in Music page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Scholarships - 10 Awards

There are a number of annual scholarships available to a select few students. The value and number of scholarships may change from year to year and they are based on the quantity and quality of the applications we receive. Applicants can ask for scholarship details at open days or at auditions. Decisions about scholarships are not made lightly and recipients will be notified in writing.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarships are based on musical ability, not on the financial situation of the individual.

Application Procedure

For details of specific scholarships please visit our website.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

You should have a good Master's level qualification or significant professional experience in an area relevant to your project, and convince an interview panel that you are ready to embark upon a research degree.

Course Fees

Please see the course page on our website for the latest information.

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