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PhD and MPhil in Music Technology

Work with leading researchers in music technology, gaining valuable skills for a career in the field, research or academia.

Show year of entry: 2022

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Our research degrees provide the opportunity to combine academia with creativity and innovation. Pioneer innovative research in key areas, from audio for virtual reality to soundscape research.

Your research

As a postgraduate researcher student, the focus of your work will be an independent research project. We provide training which will equip you with skills in a wide range of research methods to support your growing expertise.

Your research will culminate in a thesis and oral examination. Formal reviews of progress ensure you are making satisfactory progress with your research project and other elements of your PhD or MPhil programme. Your progress throughout this course will be continually guided by your supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.

You can take advantage of advanced taught courses to help fill any gaps in the background knowledge required for the research project. The choice of courses taken will be made together with your supervisor, at the beginning of the programme.


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As a member of one of the research groups you will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a member of academic staff.

Research projects

Our academics are working on a wide range of projects suitable for research students to get involved with.

Training and support

Throughout your course you'll have opportunities to develop your skills as an academic and researcher.

All PhD students take part in our PhD Conference held each year. The two-day conference includes a first year presentation session, second year poster competition and third year seminars.

These sessions are designed to give you experience in presenting your research: you'll have the opportunity to prepare a talk, face an audience and answer questions. The intention is to help you develop oral and written communication skills which are essential in a modern engineering environment.

You may also have the opportunity to present your work at UK and overseas conferences and publish in international journals.

Course location

You will be based on Campus West. Most of your training and supervision meetings will take place here, though your research may take you further afield.

All full-time students are allocated a desk space in the School for the duration of their programme. Dependent on your project, you might also use other facilities, including well-equipped music and media technology suites and anechoic chambers.

Entry requirements

You should have, or be about to complete, a 2:1 or above honours degree (or equivalent) in:

  • Electronics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Science
  • Music Technology

or a closely related subject.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

English language requirements


Apply for the MPhil in Music Technology

Apply for the PhD in Music Technology

Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.

As part of any application for a research degree you will need to name one or more academic staff who could supervise your research.

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