The Music Department offers promising candidates the opportunity to carry out research in one of the most dynamic institutions in Britain, with access to outstanding facilities. Our staff include composers, performers and writers on music. Our wide research expertise covers on the Medieval, Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods, 19th and 20th century British music, music analysis, critical theory, ethnomusicology and sound studies.
Our research expertise covers:
Western music history British music Music analysis Critical theory Ethnomusicology Popular music
The MA by Research programme leads to the submission of a thesis of not more than 40,000 words, whilst the PhD requires an 80,000 word thesis to be submitted. Both routes may require you to undertake training from courses in the Department’s taught MA programme.
For those following the MA by Research programme, it is possible to upgrade to a PhD. You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.