Postgraduate

Music MPhil, PhD

Music MPhil, PhD

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

Profile

Our Music MPhil and PhD programmes enable you to pursue advanced research in the areas of classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music through a range of approaches. These include practice-based research, and musicological and theoretical inquiry.

Practice-based research focuses on composition, performance and improvisation.
Areas of musicological and theoretical inquiry can include the following approaches:

  • cultural and critical
  • historiographic
  • ethnomusicological
  • music analytical
  • philosophical and aesthetic

If you choose to engage in academic research you are normally assessed by a thesis of no more than 100,000 words for PhD and 50,000 words for MPhil, inclusive of notes, bibliography and appendices. If you choose to undertake practice-base research you will normally submit a portfolio (eg of scores, sound files, video files, other forms of documentation or some combination of these), supplemented by a related dissertation to explain the larger, practice-based component.

Applications are welcome from students with academic or practice-based research interests in any field of expertise among our staff. To view the areas that we are able to supervise please see the ICMuS Research Website, as well as individual staff pages.

You will join a wider community of fellow postgraduate students working in the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), and more widely in the School of Arts and Cultures and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. ICMuS also holds regular PhD/MPhil forums for students to discuss their research.

All PhD students are given the opportunity to undertake some undergraduate teaching, with appropriate mentoring, at a suitable point in their study.

Delivery

These programmes are delivered on the Newcastle campus (with options for a period of study abroad). You will be assigned a principal supervisor, supported by a wider supervisory team of one or more additional supervisors. In the first year, you will complete the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Doctoral Research Training Programme. Beyond this, study is based on one to one tutorials with your supervisors, which can be flexibly scheduled. A blended approach of in-person and web-based supervision can also be negotiated for students studying remotely.

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Related Degrees

  • Music MLitt

    Our Music MLitt enables you to develop a flexible individual research programme in classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional music, applying approaches of interest to you (eg historiographic, theoretical, cultural, critical), under the supervision of specialists who are leaders in their field.

  • Music MMus, PGDip

    These courses offer a flexible route to advanced musical study including classical, popular, world, contemporary, early, folk and traditional. You can pursue these research-based courses through creative practice (eg composition, performance, improvisation, musicology, or a blend of these) or musicological study in a field of your choosing.

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Training & Skills

As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.

Research training

Our Faculty Training Programme provides a community made up of postgraduate social sciences and humanities students and staff. It is a unique blend of cross-disciplinary and generic researcher development training, recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as providing a solid basis for doctoral study.

Although your focus will be on your specialist study, our aim is for you to develop a broad range of research and project management skills that will support you in your career ahead. We have nurtured a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary and supportive environment where staff and students from across the world can come together and share their research experiences. You can also choose to register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Training, which accredits the core foundation modules on the training programme.

You will study in our Doctoral Training Suite with purpose-built facilities for lectures, workshops, seminars and computer access to specialist software required for doctoral research in the social sciences and humanities. Each year we have two student-led research postgraduate conferences and we have a variety of prizes and awards to celebrate the successes of our students.

Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership

Based at Newcastle University, Northern Bridge brings together the expertise and exceptional resources of Newcastle University, Durham University, Queen’s University Belfast and their partners for the training and development of outstanding arts and humanities postgraduate researchers.

Northern Bridge is funded by the AHRC to provide doctoral studentships and has been commended for the strength of its research base, shared vision, and its successful track record of partnership working.

Postgraduate Research Student Support

Our award winning Research Student Support Team is dedicated to providing you with information, support and advice throughout your research degree studies. The team can help and advise you on a variety of issues from registration to producing your transcripts.

Fees & Funding

2016-2017 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MPhil, PhD

UK/EU

Full time: £4,495
Part time: £2,225

International

Full time: £12,310

You can read more about our tuition fees and discounts available.

Funding opportunities

Funding for UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
The Iland Postgraduate Research Scholarship (for research relating to European Culture or Global Challenges)

1

£10,000 per year.  The scholarship is payable towards the UK/EU rate of tuition fee, with the remainder awarded as living expenses.

Non EU students Number of awards Value of awards
Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,500 - £11,500 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

Our students/graduates Number of awards Value of awards
20% Alumni Tuition Fee Discount

Discount varies by level of tuition fee.

UK/EU students Number of awards Value of awards
PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials - Developing Ionic Electrolytes for Electrochemical Energy Storage Application

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteriaa full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships

Up to 35 scholarships

£2,000 tuition fee discount

Postgraduate Master’s Loan Scheme

Maximum of £10,000

PhD in Marine Science and Technology - Shipping Exhaust Gas Emission Modelling, Indexing and Regulation

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid. £13,726 living expenses per year.

Disabled Students' Allowances

Varies

PhD Studentship in Marine Science & technology - Modelling and Simulation for Sustainable Marine Engineering Systems

1

Home Tuition Fees will be covered plus you will receive an annual stipend of £14,057 for 3.5 years.

Professional and Career Development Loans

Varies

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - iBUILD: Innovative business models from smart infrastructure systems

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid.  £13,863 living expenses per year.

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - Understanding the relationship between value, business model and the engineering of infrastructure projects

1

You may be entitled to a full or partial award.  A full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £13,863. A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - iBUILD: Valuing Infrastructure Resilience

1

Candidates need to meet EPSRC eligibility criteria for EPSRC DTA awards.  A full award includes an annual stipend of £13,863 (2015-16).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Imaging and electrochemical investigation of biomolecules using scanning probe microscopy

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (RCUK stipend level).

PhD in School of Chemistry - Advanced Materials for Redox Flow Batteries

1

100% tuition fees plus a £14,057 p.a. stipend (based on RCUK stipend levels).

PhD studentship: Mathematical modelling in Animal/Veterinary Science: Macro mineral digestion and metabolism in livestock

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus £16,557 (with Industrial Enhancement)

NERC DREAM (Data, Risk and Environmental Analytical Methods) PhD CDT Studentship

2

100% tuition fees (UK/EU rate), plus an annual tax-free maintenance grant at UK Research Councils’ national minimum rate, which in 2015/16 is £14,057.

EPSRC PhD Studentships – Electrical and Electronic Engineering

UK students – 4 studentships
Non-UK EU students – 1 studentship

100% of UK/EU tuition fees.
UK students – annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £20,000.
Non-UK/EU students - annual tax-free stipend (living allowances) of £15,000.

PhD Studentship in Civil Engineering and Geosciences - New drilling methods for ground source heat pumps

1

An annual stipend is approximately £14,496 per year (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria).  Funding is available for UK and EU citizens. 

The Clyde Higgs Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17

5

An award of £5,000 is available for home students.

Hodcroft Larsen Postgraduate Bursary for Female Engineers - 2016 Entry

Up to 2.

£3,000

PhD in Civil Engineering and Geosciences – Monitoring and Assessment of Masonry Arch Bridges

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,057 (full award).

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296 (2016/17, depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria.  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only. 

The Iland Postgraduate Research Scholarship (for research relating to European Culture or Global Challenges)

1

£10,000 per year.  The scholarship is payable towards the UK/EU rate of tuition fee, with the remainder awarded as living expenses.

Konishi Foundation Scholarship in East Asian Studies

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296

PhD studentship in Neuroscience - Exploring Chloride Regulation and its Consequences in Neuronal Networks using Novel Optogenetic Strategies

1

100% of UK/EU PhD tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296

PhD Studentship: Regulation of Vascular Permeability by Sphingosine 1 - Phosphate (NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation)

1

100% of tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296.

PhD Studentship: Modification of Leucocyte-Endothelial Interactions in Perfused Donor Organs (NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplanation)

1

100% of tuition fees covered at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) of £14,296.

PhD Studentship in Primary Care

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £16,000 

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: The Use of Perovskite-type Oxygen-carriers for Hydrogen Production via Chemical Looping

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Next generation of composite molten salt-ceramic membranes for selective separation of NOx, SO2 and CO2

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: State of the art novel catalysts for environmental reaction engineering

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, a full award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

Industrial CASE PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Data-driven modelling of glass durability and glass pouring rate in nuclear waste vitrification process

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria), and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

David Goldman PhD studentship in Innovation and Enterprise

1

100% tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend (living expenses) equal to that provided by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) (estimated rate of £13,590 in 2016/17). 

Fees Scholarships - Masters in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (MRes) - School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development

2

£5,000 is being offered towards tuition fees for the above Masters programme within the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development.  Additional funding up to £1,000 for expenses associated with the research will also be provided.

International (Non EU) students Number of awards Value of awards
International Family Discounts (IFD)

10% of the tuition fee per year.

Fulbright Scholarships

Varies

British Marshall Scholarships

40

Varies

Joint Newcastle University UKEAS Taiwan Postgraduate Scholarship

1

The scholarship will have a value of £2,000, payable towards tuition fees.

Newcastle University Overseas Research Scholarship (NUORS)

Tuition fee scholarships of typically £7,500 - £11,500 per year. The award covers the difference between fees for UK/EU students and international students.

Newcastle University International Postgraduate Scholarship (NUIPS)

Partial scholarship payable towards tuition fees

Country-specific Scholarships

Varies.

International Masters' Excellence Scholarships (Medical Sciences)

£1,500

All students Number of awards Value of awards
MRC and EPSRC-funded Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node Bursaries

10

Tuition fee bursaries of £2,390 

PhD Studentship in Controlled Metal-ion Assembly Using Modified Nucleic Acids: Towards Designer Materials

1

100% tuition fees paid at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at Research Council UK rate (£14,296 2016/17).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Clinical Research Funding - various

Varies

Health Education England Bursaries (Physician Associate Studies, PGDip)

20 awards for 2016 entry

£15,000 bursary (£7,500 per year). The Bursary is paid as a tuition fee discount direct to the University.

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering - MSc Scholarships

Not specified

UK/EU students - £500 scholarship; non-EU international students - £1,500 scholarship 

School and Research Institute Studentships, Bursaries and Scholarships

Varies

Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fees scholarships from £2,000 - £5,000.

MBA Business Excellence Scholarships

Tuition fee scholarships of £6,000 - £10,0000.

Postgraduate Tuition Fee Instalments
2% Tuition Fee Discount

2% off annual tuition fee

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP)

Varies

Varies.

Sir Mark Waller Postgraduate Law Scholarships

6 for international students, 2 for home/EU students.

Full and partial (£2,500-£3,000) tuition fee scholarships.

Charities and Trusts

Varies

Allergy Module Funding

Varies

The Crown Estate Bursaries - MSc Marine Technology Education Consortium (MTEC)

9

Partial tuition fee bursaries of £3,600.

Employer Sponsorship

Varies

FindAMasters.com and FindAPhD.com Postgraduate Scholarships

1x £5,000 PhD scholarship
1x £5,000 Masters scholarship
4x £500 scholarships

£12,000 across six awards.

Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries

15

£500 payable towards tuition fees.

Teacher Training (PGCE programmes)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy PGDip Bursaries

£2,000

Robinson Bequest Scholarships
The North of England P and I Association Limited (NEPIA) Studentship

1

£2500

Postgraduate Masters Scholarships in Geography, Sociology and Politics

up to 12

Full and partial tuition fee scholarships at the UK/EU rate.

PhD Studentship - Do age-associated B-cells contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis?

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expense of £14,296.  Also significant additional funding to cover research expenses, general training, travel and meeting costs.  

Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD School of Chemistry – Broadband Rotational Spectroscopy

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,057 2015/16).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in School of Chemistry – Probing Femtosecond Dynamics with Core Hole Spectroscopy: Theoretical Approach

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend at RCUK rate (£14,057 2015/16).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Dyson PhD Studentship in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Newcastle University

2

100% tuition fees plus £19,500 per year tax-free stipend.

Charles Letts Memorial Postgraduate Scholarship 2016/17 entry

5

Up to £1,500

Sport Scholarships

Varies

£500 - £10,000

PhD Studentship in Electrical Power: Electrical Machine Topologies in Integrated Drives for Electric Vehicles

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of up to £19,000 depending on experience (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Electrical Power: Integrated Drives for Electric Vehicles with Wide Bandgap Semiconductors

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual stipend (living expenses) of up to £19,000 depending on experience (full award). Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Urban Studies

1

£15,000 per year for 3 years. The scholarship is payable towards 100% of tuition fees, with the remainder awarded as living expenses. 

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

10 minimum

Maximum value of £1,400

PhD Studentship in Chemistry - Developing Advanced Computational Tools for Ultrafast X-ray Scattering

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship - Prediction in brain-body interaction as a basis for emotions (and feelings)

1

The studentship carries an award of £14,296 per annum plus 100% of UK/EU tuition fees.

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Understanding the dynamics of metaldhyde in agricultural catchments

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD Studentship in Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation (IAFRI) - Stakeholder involvement in agri-food and environmental policy evaluation

1

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,296.  Non-EU nationals can apply but will need to fund the difference between UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD School of Mathematics and Statistics – Single-electron sources and quantum electronics

1

The studentship includes tuition fees, a tax-free stipend of (up to) £14,057 per annum (2015/16 level), a desktop computer and £1,500 travel allowance.

PhD Studentship in Chemical Engineering and Advanced Materials: Mathematical modelling studies of rhythmic hydrogels for medical applications

1

Depending on how you meet the EPSRC’s eligibility criteria, 100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend £14,296 (2016/17).  A partial award covers fees at the UK/EU rate only.

PhD Studentship in Computing Science - Personalized Hierarchical Visualization for Enhanced Decision Support using Big Data

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and an annual living expenses in excess of £14,057 (full award) 

Activia Training UK Scholarship Award

2

£500 for college and university students in the UK.

PhD Studentship in Marine Transport – The economics of the ship repair market: cyclical effects and economic waves

1

100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,296.  International students may apply, however tuition fees will only be covered at the UK/EU rate. Limited financial support may also be available for research and fieldwork costs.

Research Excellence Academy Scholarship in the Constructions and uses of the European past in heritage and political discourse

1

The scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

PhD Studentship in Diagnostic Test Evaluation Methodology - Evaluations of diagnostic tests in the presence of an imperfect reference standard and the health economic considerations

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees and annual living expenses of £14,296.  Also additional funding to cover research costs and local, national and international travel (conferences and exchanges).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

PhD School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering – Super-miniature engineering using MEMS technologies: next generation sensors for turbulence measurements

1

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,296 (full award).  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Research Excellence Academy Studentship in Prehistoric fuel use in the archaeological record: developing the potential of ash through integrating microfossil analysis and geochemistry

1

100% of tuition fees and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

Research Excellence Academy PhD Studentship in Linguistics

1

The studentship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Councils UK rate).

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and a master's degree, or international equivalent.

International students

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing).

You must also read our English language requirements, including:

  • all minimum sub scores you must have
  • other English language tests we accept
  • extra English language support

Academic qualifications that we accept from your country to meet our entry requirements are listed on your country page.

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

You need to submit a research proposal with your online application. Your research proposal should:

  • be at least 1,000 words
  • outline research objectives
  • field of study
  • methodology
  • timescale of research project
  • give an indication of the relevant literature

Read our guidelines for producing a research proposal (PDF: 41.5KB) from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Science Graduate School.

If you are applying for a practice-based PhD (composition, performance, studio-based work, etc) you should submit examples of your creative work (eg scores and/or recordings).

When making your online application, please insert one of the following programme codes on the 'Programme of Study' page:

  • 8825F (PhD, full time)
  • 8827P (PhD, part time)
  • 7014F (MPhil, full time)
  • 7015P (MPhil, part time)

Start dates

There are usually two possible start dates, although in some circumstances an alternative start date can be arranged:

  • January
  • September

 There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding may apply.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Jane Hagger
School Teaching and Learning Officer
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6525
Email: pgmusic@ncl.ac.uk