Professional Doctorate in MPhil Music

    Course Description

    You can study both an MMus or MPhil by research within the Department of Music. Music at Aberdeen offers you a flourishing research environment in composition, instrumental, electroacoustic, historical, computational and sonic arts and sound studies. Research staff regularly perform on BBC radio and television and their work is performed across the world. Postgraduates can study an MMus by research in musicology, composition, performance, sonic arts, or vocal music.

    Research groups are interdisciplinary, and they include:

    • Sound Emporium Research Group
    • Elphinstone Institute

    The Department has 10 academic members of staff with over 30 visiting instrumental teachers. There are regular seminars and musical events in the Department of Music. The Department provides a lively range of concerts which are held in Kings College Chapel, the Blue Lamp and other venues across the campus and citywide covering many genres of music. There is a postgraduate reading group which is run by postgraduate students for postgraduate students to discuss musical topics and there is a composer’s forum.

    Areas of research interests include:

    • Composition – instrumental, electroacoustic, sound art, acousmatic, soundscape composition, sound installations, microtonal, vocal and choral, and European music
    • Editing of early music 15th to 18th centuries
    • Eighteenth century Venetian vocal and instrumental music – Vivaldi and Ruggieri
    • Historical approaches to modernism
    • Music Education – composition in the curriculum
    • Performance practice
    • Scottish music manuscripts
    • Sixteenth and early seventeenth century keyboard, consort and lute music from England the Netherlands

    Why study at Aberdeen? 

    • You study at an ancient Scottish University dating back to 1495 with a wide range of international students and international academics with impressive research and consultancy portfolios
    • As a research student you are welcome to attend seminars and events in the School and across the wider university.
    • You study in a vibrant Department of Music where you are actively encouraged to join the many groups, choirs and live performances on offer externally to your studies.
    • The University was founded on the principle of “Open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others.” Bishop Elphinstone, 1495. You study in an international environment with international academics who are able to offer you specific expertise in their discipline areas.
    • Find out more about music
    • Find out more about the Department of Music and The School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture

    Where you study

    • University of Aberdeen
    • Full time or part time
    • Start month is flexible

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    20% Discount


    A 20% discount for Aberdeen graduates who want to study a postgraduate degree. It applies to the full cost of taught postgraduate programmes and one year of a full time research programme.

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