The University of Huddersfield has one of the largest Music and Music Technology postgraduate communities in the UK. With approximately 100 students representing numerous fields of study and well over a dozen nationalities, our postgraduate community is a vital and vibrant part of the life of the department.

Music PhD studentships

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Supervisors and support

Each student is supported through a supervisory team usually comprising at least two academics, as well as by a series of weekly research seminars and workshops—to which all staff contribute lectures on specific advanced topics—colloquium sessions, and a Music & Music Technology Research lecture series. Students in Performance receive instrumental tuition as part of their supervision arrangements, up to a total of 16 hours of individual tuition per year. Additional support and resources are offered via the Graduate School, which offers a Research Skills Development Programme including thesis and viva voce preparation, postgraduate teaching skills, and training in research ethics and intellectual property rights. Foreign language training is also available. The University has a clear set of progression monitoring tools that support students through the various stages of their degree programme.

Research students are generally affiliated with at least one of our five distinct music research centres. Each of the centres runs a series of events to support the work of its research students, including seminars, workshops, masterclasses, concerts, workgroups, colloquia, and fora.

Student Successes

Current and recent postgraduate students are establishing themselves with significant international careers including: 

MA by Research

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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Scholarships

We offer PhD scholarships in Composition (Jonathan Harvey), Electronic Music (Denis Smalley), Musicology (Steinitz), Performance (Duncan Druce) and Musical Multimedia (Lis Rhodes), several of which are named after a recent recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University. CeReNeM offers two scholarships in partnership with hcmf// and Sound and Music as well as a scholarship supporting the Creative Coding Lab..

Current and previous award holders are:

  • Steinitz Scholarship in Musicology, Jennifer Smith (2016-19)
  • Lis Rhodes Scholarship in Musical Multimedia, Samuel Gillies (2016-19)
  • Creative Coding Lab PhD Scholarship, Oliver Larkin (2016-19)
  • NECAH Scholarship, Leah Stuttard (2016-21)
  • NECAH Scholarship, Lawrence Dunn (2015-18)
  • Denis Smalley Scholarship in Electronic Music, Tadej Droljc (2014-17)
  • Duncan Druce Scholarship in Performance, Mira Benjamin (2014-17)
  • Jonathan Harvey Scholarship in Composition, Cassandra Miller (2014-17)
  • CeReNeM/hcmf Scholarship, Beavan Flanagan (2013-16)
  • CeReNeM/Sound & Music Scholarship, Simon Fell (2013-16)
  • AHRC Doctoral Award, David Pocknee (2013-16)
  • Sophie Fuller Scholarship in Musicology, Jessica Winterson (2012-15)

Fee waivers

We also award a limited number of full and partial fee waivers on a competitive basis to suitable candidates. Each fee waiver student contributes up to 80 hours per year of support to teaching and research, including opportunities for classroom teaching. Fee-waiver students are expected to be in residence in the UK, and recipients of scholarships with stipends are expected to be in residence in/near Huddersfield.

All Huddersfield research students can access a dedicated Conference Presentation Fund with awards of up to £500, and have additional opportunities to apply for joint grants to support projects up to the value of £2500.

Criteria used in the assessment of applications for named scholarships and fee waivers can be found in this document.

Applications

Applications for MA by Research, and PhD programmes are submitted through an online portal. Up-to-date information on fees, visa requirements, application procedures, and application deadlines can be found here. Please indicate clearly on the online application form if you are applying for a specific scholarship call.

In addition to the online application form, applications should be accompanied by a research proposal of approximately 500 words detailing the proposed plan of study, as well as articles or other examples of written work. Composers, multimedia artists and performers should submit sample audio/video recordings, and composers of notated music should submit relevant scores. Folios should be submitted as links to online resources (through Soundcloud, Vimeo, YouTube, and/or the applicant’s personal website) rather than as files for download. Performers will be invited to audition, either in person, or (for overseas applicants) via video.

While January start dates are possible, the majority of our research students begin in September. Places for MA by Research and PhD students in Music and Music Technology are competitive and are limited by supervisor availability—it is strongly advised that all applications are submitted early in the University's admissions cycle. Applications for September 2018 and January 2019 study will be considered for available scholarships and fee waivers if received by 9 March 2018.

Questions about research degree programmes may be directed to Dr Catherine Haworth, Postgraduate Coordinator for Music and Music Technology.