During your time with us, you become part of our specialist community, exchanging ideas and developing your own creative and intellectual interests, informed by expert academic staff within the Centre for Music and Audio Technology.
Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of aspects of music composition, performance, ethnomusicology, and music technology, and supervision is available in all of these areas. For these programmes, you have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, we regularly invite academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students’ research.
About the Centre for Music and Audio Technology
We are situated on the Medway campus of the University of Kent, within the Historic Dockyard Chatham. Our facilities include purpose-built recording studios, post-production rooms, rehearsal spaces, workstations, and seminar rooms. We have a professionally designed 5.1 recording and compositional space and a spatial audio studio. In addition, we have a multi-loudspeaker sound diffusion system for the performance of sonic art and live electronics.
Our students explore both the creative and technical aspects of music and its related technologies and have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other music practitioners.
Kent is a top 20 research-intensive university. All of our academic schools produce world-class research, and Kent is rated as internationally excellent, leading the way in many fields of study.
The Centre for Music and Audio Technology’s research can be grouped into three intersecting areas of activity:
Composition, Technology, and Performance;
Psychology of Music, Music, Health and Wellbeing, Community Music and Education;
Popular Music Studied, Ethnomusicology.
In making, applying and valuing music as creative practice and cultural industry, the Centre is both publicly engaged and acknowledging of music’s benefits to society, health, and wellbeing.
A first or 2.1 honors degree, usually in a relevant humanities subject, plus a postgraduate qualification at Masters level.
Or, a substantial record of professional achievement as a music/audio arts practitioner, plus a postgraduate qualification at Masters level.
In both cases, an acceptable research proposal will be needed.
In certain circumstances, the Centre will consider candidates who have not followed a conventional education path but who may have relevant experience in the industry. These cases are assessed individually by the Director of Graduate Studies.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.
English language entry requirements
The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.