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Course summary

We welcome a broad range of topics for doctoral research. All of our academic staff are internationally recognised in their fields and can provide expert supervision. We know the commitment you will making and encourage you to identify a potential supervisor to discuss your proposal with as early as possible. Research areas We have particular strengths in four core areas. Music, space and place

  • Music and musical culture in a specific time and place
  • Transnational and transcultural exchange
  • Urban geographies and mobility
  • How music interacts with other art forms
  • Applying and developing methodologies from other disciplines
Musical creativity and community
  • Musical creativity
  • Development of communities and networks
Music, politics and identity
  • How music has contributed to local, national and international political change
  • How music shapes individual identities
Explore all our research themes and projects in detail - Performance opportunities There are many opportunities to engage with music and perform:
  • individually and as part of ensembles
  • on-campus and as part of the wider Nottingham musical scene.
The University of Nottingham is one of eight universities making up the AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C). The partnership provides funding and training to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers - You will have access to the University of Nottingham Researcher Academy. This will provide you with a network of researchers and staff to support you during your PhD, as well as training, placement and travel opportunities -


A range of optional modules are available in consultation with your supervisory team. These include music modules as well as ones to build your research skills. Additional research training is provided by the University of Nottingham Researcher Academy. The Midlands4Cities programme provides enhanced support for PhD candidates.

Assessment method

Complete a written thesis of up to 100,000 words, with expert support and advice from your academic supervisors. Take a verbal examination (viva voce) where you explain your project in depth to an examination panel.

Entry requirements

Your application should include a 1000-3000 word research proposal, containing a proposed title, an aim, objectives, methods, summary of content and outline bibliography. We encourage you to get in touch with Dr Nick Baragwanath about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support in finding funding. IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

For fee information, see
Music PhD at University of Nottingham - UCAS