Music MPhil; PhD

MPhil: minimum 12 months full time; minimum 24 months part time
PhD: minimum 36 months full time; minimum 72 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £4,320 part time £2,160
International: full time £11,380 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Research Areas

MPhil/ PhD supervision is available in the following areas:

  • Modernist and postmodernist music and theory, especially since World War II; music and gender (Dr P Attinello).
  • Nineteenth- and early twentieth-century music; music and philosophy; music and politics; gender and sexuality; psychoanalysis; popular musics (Dr I Biddle).
  • Michael Tippett; analysis and theory; music and culture, Hindustani classical music (Professor D Clarke).
  • Vivaldi; late baroque music, especially opera; conducting (Professor E Cross).
  • Ethnomusicology; the African diaspora; salsa; jazz; cultural memory; performance (Dr N de Jong).
  • Improvisation; studio-based composition; hip hop, funk, jazz and counterculture (Dr W Edmondes).
  • Composition; twentieth-century music; Latin American music (Professor A Fernández).
  • Twentieth-century music; music analysis; music and philosophy (Dr P Fleet).
  • Early modern English secular song; print culture; gender; historiography and critical theory (Dr K Gibson).
  • Composition; ethnomusicology; cultural history and theory of technology; psychoanalysis (Dr B Hogg).
  • Music and empathy; children’s singing pedagogy; composing with children; music in children’s school transitions; music education (Dr F Laurence).
  • Early twentieth-century music; music theory and analysis; performance analysis (Dr B Lowe).
  • Performance; composition; history of folk and folk-related musics (Ms C Macdonald, Ms K Tickell).
  • Scottish, Irish and Welsh traditional music; traditional music and the performance of meaning (Dr S McKerrell)
  • Ethnomusicology; world music/world beat; traditional and popular musics, especially of the Mediterranean (Dr G Plastino).
  • Historical performance practice 1500-1650; Renaissance performance practice (Dr J Savan)
  • Literature review mentoring (Dr R Southey).
  • Irish and Breton traditional music; performance (Dr D Wilkinson).
  • Medieval and Renaissance music; editing and source studies; performance (Dr M Williamson).

For further information please see the School's website.

Research Degree Training and Skills Development

We run a programme of research seminars, classes and workshops with key contributions from eminent visiting scholars and musical practitioners. Music research training covers general training in music research and topics specific to musicological, music educational, and practice-based research and MPhil and PhD students are advised to participate in these modules where appropriate.

In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

+Entrance Requirements

An upper second-class Honours degree or international equivalent and a Master’s degree.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, with 6.5 in writing, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 

School of Arts and Cultures awards; music awards; postgraduate studentships in humanities and social sciences. Advanced research assistants are often employed as part-time teaching assistants. For more information see our website.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

Applications are considered throughout the year although specific deadlines for funding may apply. MPhil and PhD applicants should submit a research proposal with their application of at least 1,000 words outlining research objectives, field of study, methodology and timescale of research project, and giving an indication of the relevant literature. PhD applicants in practice-based areas (composition, performance, studio-based work, etc) should submit examples of their creative work (scores, recordings).

Further application advice is available from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

There are two possible start dates for your research degree:

  • 6 January 2014
  • 22 September 2014

However, these dates are not mandatory and in some circumstances permission can be granted for alternative start dates.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:
Postgraduate Secretary in Music
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6525

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Music.