Postgraduate Courses at Bangor University

Music (including composition and performance) PhD/MPhil/MA by Research/MMus by Research

Course facts

  • Name: Music (including composition and performance)
  • Qualification: PhD/MPhil/MA by Research/MMus by Research
  • Duration: The registration period (excluding write-up year) is:
    PhD: 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time
    MPhil: 2 years full-time or 3 years part-time
    MA/MMus by Research: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

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Research Areas

Music with specialisations in:

  • Musicology
  • Welsh Music
  • Performance

Normally the research project will be limited to any one area. Performers, however, will follow, in addition to their practical studies (60%), an agreed programme of original research into historical study, performance practice, editing or analysis, focusing on aspects related or central to repertoire performed (40%).

Programme Structure

As a research programme, the course does not have a modular outline. Each student receives close supervision on an individual and original project, which has the potential to make a new and substantial contribution to the field.

Each student has a supervisory committee, led by the main supervisor, assisted by two other staff members with relevant expertise.

Research students have regular meetings with their supervisor and are entitled to consult other members of their committee as appropriate. They are also encouraged to present reports on their work in seminars and colloquia during each of their period of study.

Final assessment will be through viva voce examination through an appointed panel. The panel consists of one internal examiner from within the University/School (not identical with members of the supervisory committee), one external examiner, who is an expert in the field, and a chair.

Submission

  • Historical Musicology / Editorial Musicology: Thesis of 100,000 words or equivalent
  • Composition: Portfolio of compositions, consisting of around 120 minutes of music (depending on complexity); accompanying essay of 7,000-10,000 words on style, technique and aesthetic which contextualises the submitted portfolio
  • Performance: (i) two full-length public recitals (40-50 mins) and one CD (40-50 mins), featuring different repertoire (60%); (ii) dissertation on a related area (40,000 words) or a composition of comparable length for the instrument in question (40%)

Entry requirements

  • Degree at British Master’s standard: normally merit degree or equivalent.
  • English proficiency (for non-native English or Welsh speakers): IELTS overall result of 6.5 with no individual score lower than 6.0.
  • Proposal of a project, appropriate to the duration and academic level of the course.
  • Performers will have to audition or, alternatively, submit a recent unedited recorded video performance, featuring contrasting repertoire (45-60 minutes).
  • Musicologists and composers may be asked to submit samples of their work.

Postgraduate degrees by research are suitable for candidates who already have some experience at postgraduate level (normally evinced through a Master’s degree). Apart from these formal requirements, candidates will be accepted on the strength of their research proposal.

Funding

Arts & Humanities Research Board; some University and school bursaries available.

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