Mr Wyn Thomas
Director of Graduate Studies in Music
Postgraduate Community and Research Environment
The School of Music provides home to a lively community of some 50-60 postgraduates, who are in equal parts studying towards taught and research degrees.
Being a postgraduate student in a relatively small university has the benefit of close and regular interaction with your peers and also frequent contact with your supervisors (both formal and informal).
The Graduate School brings together graduate students from all Schools within the College of Arts and Humanities for academic and social events.
The School hosts its own Concert and Research Seminar Series and regularly holds international conferences.
Our research students frequently present at conferences both nationally and internationally.
Profiles of Research Students
To learn more about current research students and their projects, click here.
Research Environment withing the School of Music
The School of Music at Bangor boasts a collective of experts who cover the entire tradition of Western music from the early Middle Ages up to the present day. The School’s research profile has been developed particularly in the following areas:
- Early Music (especially chant and liturgy, music theory, sources and codicology, history and analysis of sacred polyphony, 17th-century English music)
- Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries (especially the interaction between composition and performance, early 20th-century music, film music, minimalist and post-minimalist music and popular music)
- Musical Editing
- Music in Wales and Celtic Traditional Music
- Sacred Music
A number of research clusters and groups have emerged from staff specialisms:
- Centre for Advanced Welsh Music Studies (CAWMS)
- International Centre for Sacred Music Studies (ICSMuS)
- Electroacoustic Wales
- Gestural Music Interaction research group (GEMINi)
In recent years, the School has won a number of large-scale ARHC projects, which are connected with funded places for doctoral researchers:
- Production and Reading of Music Sources: Mise-en-page in manuscripts and printed books containing polyphonic music, 1480-1530
- The experience of worship in the late medieval cathedral and parish church
Research Environment within the College of Arts and Humanities
In order to facilitate and promote interdisciplinary research, the College of Arts and Humanities has established the following research groups, which represent areas of special expertise:
- Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) in partnership with Aberystwyth University
- Pre-Modern Travel Research Network (PREMOT)
- Cultures of War and Conflict Resolution Research Network
You will find up to date information about research activities across the College of Arts and Humanities here.
The School of Music has a cosmopolitan flair thanks to its high proportion of researchers, who originally came from, or had been active in, other countries (Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand). This results in close ties to these countries and their research institutions.
Through the Erasmus programme, which funds teaching and student exchanges, the School has entered close collaborations with the following universities:
- Charles University Prague (Czech Republic)
- University of Malta (Malta)
- Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Vienna (Austria)
- IT and Library Facilities
- Welsh Pop Archive
- Archive of Welsh Traditional Music
- Studios Studio facilities are bookable by authorised students between 8am and 4am seven days a week (see the sheets outside Studios 1 and 2). Keys may be obtained from the Security Lodge in the Main Arts Building, on presentation of your student identity card.
- The Humanities Reading Room for Postgraduates is on the second floor of the Main Arts Library. This is a designated quiet study space, accessible to postgraduate students from the College of Arts and Humanities.
- Postgraduate Rooms: There are three specially designated study areas for Arts and Humanities postgraduate students at Bangor University. In addition to the Humanities Reading Room (in the Main Arts Library), there are also the MPhil/PhD room in the Music Annexe and a postgraduate room near Dylan's (Basement floor Main Arts Building) which offer the same facilities. A key for the rooms in the Music Annexe or Main Arts can be obtained for a deposit of £5 from the Graduate School administrator.