School of Arts and Cultures



The PhD takes 36 months full-time study or 72 months part-time.

A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is the gold standard of all research degrees. It is normally the minimum requirement for entry into an academic career.

Course structure

The PhD can be taken by:

  • thesis in musicology or music education
  • portfolio in composition
  • elements of both

The PhD by thesis requires the submission of a 100,000 word thesis. This is based entirely on original research. 

The PhD by portfolio requires the submission of work based around your creative practice. It is usually accompanied by a smaller thesis.

Your research

You'll have your research training needs assessed and attended to. You'll be assigned two supervisors in your chosen area of specialisation. 

We'll give you full access to our outstanding research facilities in ICMuS.

Our staff are keen to supervise research students in their specialist areas.