Research topics for MPhil/PhD by thesis may be proposed in any area closely related to the research interests of current members of staff (see staff profiles). Students work independently with regular supervision from their research supervisor, and attend research seminars (normally four each term). Thesis titles from recent years include:
All MPhil and 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; these contributions form part of the official upgrading (from MPhil to PhD) process.
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The Music Department at York has such a wide range of opportunities for composers it was the obvious place to do a PhD. The Chimera Ensemble provides great opportunities to have my music played and to get involved playing other student's pieces. Not to mention having my string quartet premiered by the Kreutzer Quartet!
(PhD in Composition)