Doctorate Degrees in Music

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A PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) is a postgraduate degree that students earn to gain more experience and education about a particular area of study. The degree can take two to four years to earn, depending on the program.

What is a PhD in Music? This program is designed to focus on advanced studies in different aspects of music. At completion, students should have an extensive comprehension of a variety of concepts and repertoire. Although each program will have its own focus, many will offer classes that are more broadly based and have students choose electives based on their interests. Specialties may include instrumental or vocal performance, conducting, songwriting and composition, music therapy, and musical interpretation and research.

Earning a music degree can be very beneficial. Students with a formal education background will often have a competitive edge when looking for a career, as their programs may introduce them to a variety of music professionals. It is also a good career focus for those who want to work in different parts of the world.

The costs involved with earning a doctorate in music will vary based on a number of factors. The duration of the program and school location are important, and there may be specific fees associated with each program.

Career opportunities are vast for graduates with a degree in music. Depending on their interests students may choose a performance career either in a group or as an individual, a career as a composer for film or stage musicals, or they may choose to teach music or work on the administrative side. Others may choose to use their education to work as music critics or in broadcasting or journalism.

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MPhil/PhD Research Degrees in Music

SOAS University of London
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom London + 1 more

Staff and students of the Department of Music pursue research on a wide range of subjects, mainly but not exclusively focused on the music of Asia and Africa. Staff have special interests in the music of China and Central Asia (Harris), Korea (Howard), Japan, Indonesia and Thailand (Gray), India and Nepal (Widdess), the Islamic Middle East (Wright), the Jewish world (Wood), West Africa and Cuba (Durán) and South and East Africa (Impey). But research is not limited to these areas: projects have been undertaken on American jazz, and on Caribbean, Mediterranean and Eastern European music, for example. [+]

PhDs in Music. Research Degrees in Music Subjects of research Staff and students of the Department of Music pursue research on a wide range of subjects, mainly but not exclusively focused on the music of Asia and Africa. Staff have special interests in the music of China and Central Asia (Harris), Korea (Howard), Japan, Indonesia and Thailand (Gray), India and Nepal (Widdess), the Islamic Middle East (Wright), the Jewish world (Wood), West Africa and Cuba (Durán) and South and East Africa (Impey). But research is not limited to these areas: projects have been undertaken on American jazz, and on Caribbean, Mediterranean and Eastern European music, for example. Staff often have research interests in issues that cross regional boundaries; see the Department Staff page for a summary of their interests, and select the name of a lecturer for further details of their individual research specialisms and activities. Whatever its regional origin, music is studied as a cultural phenomenon, and also from analytical and historical perspectives. Instrumental and vocal, sacred and secular, art and popular, traditional and modern musical forms are all of equal interest. Research methods employed include fieldwork, interview, archive research, recording and filming, performance, transcription and analysis, and composition. Entry requirements Postgraduate students of the Department come from a wide variety of backgrounds in the UK and from overseas. Most are performers of music as well as researchers; applicants are evaluated individually on the basis of their background and academic achievements. Applicants should normally possess a Master’s degree, or... [-]

PhD Music and Technology

University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Chatham + 1 more

Through the Music and Technology PhD programme you develop your work through an intensive period of study in an ambitious and challenging research environment. You undertake a substantial research project resulting in a practice-based output and written thesis, guided by a core supervisory team who have expertise within the given research area. [+]

Our programmes offer you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. 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. The School of Music and Fine Art is situated on the University of Kent's Medway campus. Facilities include purpose-built recording studios, post-production rooms, rehearsal spaces, workstations and seminar rooms. There is a professionally designed 5.1 recording and compositional space and a spatial audio studio. In addition, there is a multi-loudspeaker sound diffusion system for the performance of sonic art and live electronics. Our location on the Chatham Historic Dockyard provides interesting and unique spaces for concerts, performances and sound installations, with further venues on the other parts of the campus and in the surrounding area. Our students explore both the creative and technical aspects of music and its related technologies and also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with practitioners from other arts subjects. You have regular meetings with your supervisor as well as tuition in research methodologies in the early stages of your research. Additionally, the School regularly invites academic and professional specialists for guest lectures, workshops and special events relevant to students’ research. Research areas Individual staff research interests cover a wide range of aspects of music technology and composition, and supervision is available in all these areas. Our research environment is fuelled by the work of our celebrated composers, performers and... [-]

PhD Music (Research, Composition or Performance)

University of Kent, School of Music and Fine Art
Campus Full time Part time 3 - 6 years September 2017 United Kingdom Chatham + 1 more

Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. 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 School of Music and Fine Art. [+]

PhDs in Music. 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 School of Music and Fine Art is home to the Sound-Image-Space Research Centre which promotes practice-led research underpinned by theory and scholarship within the broad domain of image, sound and the spatial arts. The focus is on new collaborative relationships that generate research outputs through multiple modalities; these include the production of new creative work, performance, publication, and exhibition and curation. Our taught and research programmes are exciting and innovative, offering you the opportunity to mix with composers, sound designers, film-makers, technologists, ethnomusicologists, theorists, visual artists and curators. 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 School of Music and Fine Art. 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. [-]

PhD in Musicology

Charles University Faculty of Arts
Campus Full time 3 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague

The individually designed attestation system of the doctoral programme provides graduates with an insight into the current state of research and methodology of the subject, especially in the field of the selected topic and closely related disciplines. [+]

The language of instruction is English. Musicology is a fee-paying programme; the annual study fee is 70 000 CZK. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria entrance examination: one-round examination, interview discussion on the dissertation proposal (discussion on the dissertation topic and assessment of the applicant’s aptitude): 0–30 points; assessment of the previous studies and professional activities of the applicant: 0–15 points, examination of subject-related literature (based on the applicant’s reading list): 0–15 points. Doctoral study program of musicology is open to master graduates in the field of musicology from foreign universities. Candidates are required to make the members of the examining body acquainted with their prior professional career, subject(s) of previous study, practical field experience and publishing activities to date, if applicable. Candidates are obliged to submit a written proposal of their future dissertation project. The proposal will serve as the basis for an academic discussion aimed at examining both the candidates’ familiarity with the essential theoretical foundations of the discipline and their knowledge of topics related to the proposed dissertation project. Candidates should demonstrate elementary passive knowledge of the Czech language. In order to read academic literature and to study sources written in Czech they will be encouraged to improve their Czech language proficiency in the course of their studies. Suggested PhD topics must be consulted beforehand with the Chair of the Programme Board. Conditions for admission The applicant is admitted if he/she obtains a minimum of 30 points in the entrance examination and, at the same... [-]

PhD in Musical Theory and Education

Charles University Faculty of Education
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2017 Czech Republic Prague + 1 more

Graduates are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills in the chosen field so that he could participate in the implementation of the increased demands on the preparation of future teachers of music education. [+]

PhDs in Music. Characteristics of the Studies The specialization of Music Theory and Education is based on the selection and synthesis of the musicological and musical educational disciplines, allowing a balanced preparation of highly qualified experts in terms of research and teaching. In accordance with a broad spectrum of musical pedagogy, the specialization follows the scope of the study corresponding to the target: preparation of specialists in the area of research of general music education, vocational training and other activities requiring such a specialization. Description of the entrance examination and evaluation criteria Entrance Examination Specifications of admission requirements: Applicants hand in a written project (including bibliography) up to 10 pages on the candidate´s selected vocational topic together with the application form to the Department of Science of the Faculty of Education, Charles University. It is expected that the project has its own ideas and proves to have skills for scientific work. The project should include the characteristics of the research problem, the basic idea of the goals and structure of the issue and the methods in theoretical research and professional literature. Evaluation Criteria: The applicant can get a maximum of ten points, the number of points for the admission to study is getting at least seven points. Conditions for admission Candidates are admitted to study if they meet all admission requirements: a) to deliver a certified copy of completion of Master’s degree programme, b) to pass an entrance examination, reach minimum number of point determined by the Dean, c) to... [-]

MPhil / PhD in Supply Chain, Business IT, Music and Creative Industries Management specialisms

University of Bolton
Campus Full time 3 - 7 years August 2017 United Kingdom Bolton

You may already be working professionally in the field you wish to research or you may already have extensive knowledge of your field. Alternatively, you may be a business professional with the basis of your research in mind, looking for a way to formalise and extend your knowledge and skills within the framework of a research degree. The award of a UK doctorate is based solely upon individual research, presented in the form of a thesis... [+]

Supply Chain, Business IT, Music and Creative Industries Management specialisms - MPhil / PhD You may already be working professionally in the field you wish to research or you may already have extensive knowledge of your field. Alternatively, you may be a business professional with the basis of your research in mind, looking for a way to formalise and extend your knowledge and skills within the framework of a research degree. The award of a UK doctorate is based solely upon individual research, presented in the form of a thesis. We expect prospective candidates to have a good honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. You may also have an appropriate masters degree, or other demonstrable research experience and writing skills. The doctorate-level programmes at the BLIS Research Centre are intended for professionals, graduates and career-minded individuals seeking to develop as a managerial, industrial, or academic professional in their chosen field of study. You should be seeking the knowledge that will allow you to respond operationally and strategically to the demands of, and function effectively within, a wide range of business and academic environments, and have a desire to make a significant contribution to knowledge in the field and to your own career development. Careers & professional development Successful PhD candidates stand out as specialists in their chosen field. The qualities required to be successful in PhD research are also being recognised more and more in industry as those necessary to undertake the sort of complex and strategic... [-]

Doctoral Degree in Musicology

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). [+]

PhDs in Music. Doctoral Degree in Musicology Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). The first dissertation was defended in 2004. In the beginning only musicologist were accepted to the PhD programme, whereas in 2000 specific curricula were designed for performers and composers. In 2006 a new programme in dramatic art was added, which also has artistic emphasis. 43 doctoral students are enrolled in doctoral studies at present (June 1, 2011) and 3 curricula are open for applicants: Musicology, Music (artistic emphasis), Dramatic Art (artistic emphasis). Doctoral studies are led by the Doctoral Committee that includes both scholars and professors of artistic specialities. Since 2009 EAMT coordinates the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. This is a joint venture of four Estonian universities: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, and Estonian Academy of Arts. The graduate school is led by professor Jaan Ross. The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents. In this round, a student candidate should submit to the admissions secretary, by 2 June 2014: a plan of prospective doctoral studies and a doctoral thesis proposal on the required form; an overview of previous research and creative activities (CV). Up to 10 candidates will be admitted to the second round, combined for both doctoral curricula. The candidates will be notified of the results... [-]

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art

Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre
Campus Full time 4 years August 2017 Estonia Tallinn

Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). [+]

Doctoral Degree in Music and Dramatic Art Doctoral studies were introduced at the EAMT in 1996 (during the Soviet era, the best graduates of the Tallinn Conservatory usually continued their studies at post-graduate level in Moscow or Leningrad). The first dissertation was defended in 2004. In the beginning only musicologist were accepted to the PhD programme, whereas in 2000 specific curricula were designed for performers and composers. In 2006 a new programme in dramatic art was added, which also has artistic emphasis. 43 doctoral students are enrolled in doctoral studies at present (June 1, 2011) and 3 curricula are open for applicants: Musicology, Music (artistic emphasis), Dramatic Art (artistic emphasis). Doctoral studies are led by the Doctoral Committee that includes both scholars and professors of artistic specialities. Since 2009 EAMT coordinates the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts. This is a joint venture of four Estonian universities: Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, and Estonian Academy of Arts. The graduate school is led by professor Jaan Ross. The examination is organised in two rounds. Round one is based on documents. In this round, a student candidate should submit to the admissions secretary, by 2 June 2014: a video recording of a performed program of 45-60 minutes in performance specialties, or ca 45 min of music recordings (with sheet music) in composition specialties, or a list of major creative achievements with written sources and/or recordings in dramatic art; a plan of prospective doctoral studies, which... [-]

PhD in Music Performance

Five Towns College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Long Island City

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional [+]

PhDs in Music. How much will this program cost me? - Tuition and fees: $40,690 - Books and supplies: $2,600 - On-campus room & board: $25,530 *The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change. International Scholarships International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. - Federal loans - Private education loans - Institutional financing plan How long will it take me to complete this program? The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 years. *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students. [-]

PhD in Music History and Literature

Five Towns College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Long Island City

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional [+]

How much will this program cost me? - Tuition and fees: $40,690 - Books and supplies: $2,600 - On-campus room & board: $25,530 *The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change. International Scholarships International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. - Federal loans - Private education loans - Institutional financing plan How long will it take me to complete this program? The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 years. *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students. [-]

PhD in Music Education

Five Towns College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Long Island City

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional [+]

PhDs in Music. How much will this program cost me? - Tuition and fees: $40,690 - Books and supplies: $2,600 - On-campus room & board: $25,530 *The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change. International Scholarships International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. - Federal loans - Private education loans - Institutional financing plan How long will it take me to complete this program? The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 years. *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students. [-]

PhD in Composition and Arranging

Five Towns College
Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 USA Long Island City

The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 [+]

How much will this program cost me? - Tuition and fees: $40,690 - Books and supplies: $2,600 - On-campus room & board: $25,530 *The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change. International Scholarships International students accepted to Five Towns College are eligible to receive an international scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 USD per year. These scholarships are based on talent and/or merit and are renumerable based on the scholarship criteria set forth in the awards letter. These scholarships are awarded at both the undergraduate and graduate level. What financing options are available to help me pay for this program? Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. - Federal loans - Private education loans - Institutional financing plan How long will it take me to complete this program? The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 2 years. *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students. [-]