The department has an international reputation for research in Musicology,
Ethnomusicology and Composition. We are particularly strong in Western music
from the C17th to the present day, jazz, medieval music, opera, performance
studies, cognition, and the musical cultures of the Middle East, South Asia and
Brazil. In addition to PhD programmes in Musicology (thesis of max.
100,000 words) and in Composition (portfolio with technical commentary), we
offer an innovative Performance-Research programme in which performance
materials (e.g. concerts, recordings) combine with a 50,000-word thesis to
explore a significant and clearly-defined research question.
Prospective applicants in Musicology are welcome to contact any member of staff
directly to discuss their proposals, or the Director of Graduate Studies, Andy
Fry. Composers are encouraged in the first instance to contact Professor
Silvina Milstein who coordinates the Composition programme.
Additional requirements differ for applications to the Musicology, Composition and Performance Research pathways: please see details online.
Joint PhDs available: Exciting opportunities exist to gain a joint PhD with
Hong Kong University or with King's own Department for Digital Humanities.