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Composition (Acoustic and electroacoustic) PhD

Composition (Acoustic and electroacoustic) PhD

Key information

Qualification type

PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

Subject areas

Music Composition

Course type


Course Summary

The Department of Music at the University of York is an acknowledged world-leader in creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music. The Department of Music supports a wide range of research and offers extensive opportunities for doctoral and post-doctoral study across the discipline. Our research covers a wide variety of topics in analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, composition and performance. Composers work independently, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. There are currently seven members of staff at York supervising composition. There are weekly Composition seminars (Tuesdays 4.00-5.30pm) throughout the academic year. Some of these are presented by visiting composers, others by staff or postgraduate students of the department. All PhD research students are required to attend these sessions which aim to encourage an exchange of ideas amongst a range of disciplines and approaches. Whilst 'research' fosters the idea of specialisation, this should not be at the expense of working in isolation; the broader context is always to be encouraged. It is important that research students retain an awareness of areas of study outside of their chosen specialism, especially those who intend to teach within Higher Education, if they are to be effective in their work. During the academic year, all members of the group should be prepared to lead a seminar discussion based on their particular specialism with a view to engaging with those working outside that area. A degree in music can lead to a variety of careers both in the musical world and beyond. Our undergraduate programme is strongly focussed on practical skills as well as academic study, and with personal dedication and hard work represents the perfect preparation for a successful career as a professional musician. Our students go on to work in all fields of professional music, not only as performers, composers, and musicologists, but also in arts administration, journalism, community music, and teaching. If you decide a career in music is not for you, the combination of individual focus and team work fostered by our unique 'Project' system, along with the creativity, dedication and logicality required whilst studying music, will prepare you for a wide variety of other professions.

Different course options

Full time | University of York | 3 years | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree in music and an MA in composition. In some instances composers may be accepted for PhD directly from a first degree. The chief criterion for acceptance is evidence of a high level of ability and originality in composition.