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The International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS) offers postgraduate opportunities in a wide range of areas:
The AHRC has awarded ICMuS 24 studentship awards over the coming 5-year period:
Please note that, in the light of the coalition government's Comprehensive Spending Review, AHRC has warned that it can no longer guarantee that it will honour its commitment for the full five-year cycle. We will update this page with the relevant information as soon as it becomes available.
All our Masters-level degrees (MMus, MLitt and MPhil) are designed both as a qualification in their own right and as training for study at PhD level. They can be taken in one year's full-time study or two years' part-time study. The PhD can be taken in three years' full-time study or six years' part-time study. If you value being part of a learning community, then a Research Masters with a taught component is probably right for you (MMus). If you prefer to work on a topic on your own with supervision from academic staff, then a research degree (MLitt, MPhil) is probably right for you. We would not normally accept anyone onto the PhD without their having completed, or be about to complete, a Masters in an appropriate field (music, or related area). The PhD is the highest level qualification available in Higher Education and is the gold standard for a career in academia.
The MMus, MLitt and the MPhil are Masters-level research degrees. They are designed for students who have a strongly-defined idea of what they want to study, and want to be given the freedom to pursue that idea throughout their programme. They are designed to give students a taste of what research at PhD level might be like. If you are a highly self-reliant student and you enjoy working on your own for much of your time, then either the MLitt or the MPhil might be right for you. If you want to be part of a larger community, working in groups with a taught component to your masters, then you are probably best-suited to the MMus.
Please see the areas of study in which staff at ICMuS are able to supervise.
A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the gold standard of all research degrees and is normally the minimum requirement for entry into an academic career. The PhD can be taken by thesis (musicology, music education) or by portfolio (composition or performance) or can include elements of both academic and creative work. As part of your programme of study, you will be assessed for your research training needs and, once these have been ascertained and agreed with you, these will be met by a research training programme delivered in your first year both at faculty level and within ICMuS. Look at the areas of study in which staff at ICMuS are able to supervise or read more about the research undertaken by staff at ICMuS.
We have a range of funding options available for postgraduate students. See our funding pages for more.
If you have any queries about how to apply for a postgraduate degree in music at Newcastle, or would like to talk through your options, please contact the postgraduate admissions secretary (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ICMuS has also been the lead partner in the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL): Music and Inclusivity. This is a £5 million consortium project, funded by Hefce (Higher Education Funding Council of England) and has five other university members from across the North East of England. The CETL comprises 12 innovative curriculum development projects all of which address inclusivity by both broadening music education to encompass students of diverse backgrounds and promoting all musical practices that stake a claim to a place in contemporary culture - classical, popular, folk and traditional, jazz, new or avant-garde, and world musics. The CETL will impact directly on you if you choose to study at ICMuS in that it has provided enhanced facilities, curriculum development and a range of new provision across the undergraduate curriculum Click here to read more.