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Programme Overview
The Musicology and Composition research cluster comprises scholars and instrumental composers. It fosters strong links with composers in the Sonic Arts research cluster as well as a wide range of humanities researchers in the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY (PhD)
MASTER OF PHILOSOPHY (MPhil)

Entrance Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

International Qualifications

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

English Language Requirements

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

Duration

Mode Of Study/Duration

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

Careers or further progression

Career Prospects
Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Further enquiries

If you have queries on course content please contact the school representative below.

Musicology
Dr Sarah McCleave
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5207
Email: s.mccleave@qub.ac.uk

Instrumental Composition
Professor Piers Hellawell
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5202
Email: p.hellawell@qub.ac.uk

School of Creative Arts
Tel: 028 9097 5337
Email: music@qub.ac.uk
WWW: www.qub.ac.uk/ael/

Comment

Special Features
The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies is developing a major project in the area of archival studies which will develop links with institutions in Great Britain, Ireland and Europe.

Application date

Postgraduate Research

There is no standard closing date. You should however check both the University’s website and refer to the relevant School/Institute webpage for information on deadline dates for postgraduate funding applications, as these will also determine when your application for admission should be submitted.

Research areas

Research Strengths

The Musicology cluster has strengths in canonic or significant figures of the eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, notably:

•JS Bach
•Arnold Bax
•Edward Elgar
•GF Handel
•WA Mozart
•Thomas Moore

We offer wide-ranging support in the study of British composers generally as well as music in Ireland.

Other areas covered include:

•Contemporary music
•Contemporary performance practice
•Critical studies of gender and race
•Critical/cultural studies in music
•Improvisation
•Irish traditional music, local history and sources
•Social and institutional history
•Sonic arts musicology
•Sound installation art
•The 18th-century London stage

The PhD in Composition is part of the practice-led research activities that take place within the School. Student composers work in a vigorous and diverse community across a broad range of creative practice from acoustic composition through to creative work in sonic arts. Instrumental composition students are afforded significant opportunities for workshop contact with visiting international artists, and with the Ulster Orchestra.

Enrolment and start dates

Year of entry: 2017

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