Postgraduate Courses at Bangor University
Music with specialisations in:
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%).
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.
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.
For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.
Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.
As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.
All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member's area of academic focus.
Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research 'brief' that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.
At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.
A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:
Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School's homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail email@example.com.
Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).
We strongly recommend you read the Guidance Notes on online application before you start to apply.Apply online
Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Admissions Service.
After you have completed the form on-line, you will have to produce paper copies of a number of documents (certified where you're unable to provide the originals), such as academic transcripts, degree certificates, confirmation of financial support, and English language test results.
If you're having problems with our online application system, you can download the conventional application form and Guidance Notes (all in PDF or Word format) here:
(To download the material you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. A free copy is available to download from the Adobe Web Site)
The completed Application Form and accompanying documents should be returned by post to:
The Postgraduate Admissions Office
The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).
For further information or advice on applying for admission, please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
Tel: (01248) 383762
Arts & Humanities Research Board; some University and school bursaries available.