About our programmes
Music at Hull has a long-standing history of high quality research. Our internationally excellent and world-leading research in popular music, jazz studies, sonic arts, and music psychology was recognised by the Research Excellence Framework of 2014. We host up to 45 public performances every year and contribute regularly to musical events in the region, including Early Music festivals, jazz festivals and community projects as well as running the prestigious Newland Lectures in which renowned international academics, composers and music industry figures discuss their work in detail.
By studying here, you will be able to access some of the finest music facilities in the country following a major redevelopment of Middleton Hall - with rehearsal spaces and studios available 24/7. The investment will see some of the best facilities of their kind in the UK at the University of Hull, including a concert hall, surround-sound cinema, an ambisonic sound studio and industry-standard recording and rehearsing facilities. The refurbishment will include a new entrance and café with a 400-plus seater concert hall forming the centre-piece of the development. The versatile space is ideal for classical and popular music concerts. With adaptable acoustics, it will also be used for music, theatre and cinema screenings- see here for more information about our facilities.
We offer a range of research degrees that include:
- MA in Music by Research
- PhD in Music
- PhD in Composition
- PhD in Performance
These programmes have been designed to be flexible to enable you to pursue your chosen specialism in a supportive and productive environment with individual supervision for all specialist modules. Our staff are active researchers, so you can access wide-ranging expertise quickly and easily. These programmes are available full-time, or part-time, and where appropriate, for distance learners.
MA in Music by Research
You’ll explore a topic in the field of musicology, composition or performance through the completion of a thesis of 40,000 words or equivalent, or the development of a practice-based portfolio. The topic might be developed into a larger thesis or portfolio through transfer onto an MPhil or PhD programme.
PhD in Music
Research and advance your knowledge in a chosen area of musicology that culminates in a thesis of 100,000 words or equivalent for the PhD.
PhD in Composition
Develop a portfolio of original compositions of up to 90 minutes for the PhD with supporting research documentation of 25,000 words, or equivalent.
PhD in Performance
Focus on a research context related to your specialist instrument or voice, including conducting, and to demonstrate advanced solo or ensemble performance skills, culminating in a thesis of 50,000 words or equivalent for the PhD and portfolio of performances of 300 minutes.