Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts are research-intensive subjects at Ulster, with staff working in a wide range of areas within and across disciplines. In Ref 2014, nearly 60% of research outputs and 100% of the impact of our work on policy and creative practice was rated 4* (world- leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). The impact of our research was judged to be 90% 4*, one of only a handful of Units of Assessment to achieve this score across the whole Higher Education sector.
The University welcomes applicants interested in researching all areas of music composition, performance and music theatre.
The department is firmly committed to creative practice as an integral part of its research activity: recently submitted and ongoing doctoral studies include work on the music of Rachmaninov; on contemporary jazz piano and guitar performance and on drum kit and percussion techniques in musical theatre; on recent developments in straight ahead jazz drumming, creative applications of technology in solo electric guitar performance, technology interfaces for disabled musicians, contemporary works for prepared piano, and Highland piping traditions; on rhythm perception in language-impaired children, music in film, the history of sound art, the history of show bands, issues of cultural heritage in opera; and analyses of tuning in traditional Irish fiddle music and of microtonality in jazz.