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Full time | University Park Campus | 4 years | OCT-23

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Full time


4 years

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Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Music Composition

Course type


Course Summary

Research overview

A superb opportunity to develop your own portfolio of compositions in a professional and supportive environment. We welcome a broad range of styles and approaches.

There are many opportunities to perform your own work, or have them played and recorded by others, both within the University and the wider city.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates go on to many different careers. Examples include: Music management; Programme controller; Composer; Civil Service Fast Stream; Marketing; Law; Accountancy; Airline pilot.

Our recent PhD students have gone on to academic positions at the following universities: Cambridge; Edinburgh; Manchester; Nottingham; Pavia (Italy); Sheffield; Open University; Maastricht.

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Entry requirements

Masters degree in a relevant subject or equivalent research experience. If your Masters is in a subject other than music you must demonstrate a suitable level of aptitude. Provide three scores, with recordings if available. At least one work must be for a large ensemble.

University information

The University of Nottingham is a pioneering institution with a long and distinguished heritage in education. It is a research-intensive university, and a superb place to study for a postgraduate qualification. It offers excellent teaching and learning facilities and a wide network of professional partnership organisations offering plenty of career opportunities. Taught and research courses are available in a wide range of subject areas and...more

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