We offer a taught MA in Music and we also supervise research students (MPhil and PhD).
Follow this link to find out more about our MA in Music.
Postgraduate research students may work towards the degrees of MPhil or PhD in a range of topics that match or are allied to the research areas of academic staff in the Music Department and the other University departments with which we work. These include historical and contemporary study of musical texts, contexts and performance, interdisciplinary themes in music research including film and literature, music computing, acoustics and the social and cultural study of music. Research students work under the supervision of one of the academic members of the department, often with supervisors from elsewhere in the Open University and sometimes in collaboration with an external supervisor from another university.
We welcome informal enquiries about MPhil/PhD study at any time email us. The application period is from mid-October to the second week in January. Applicants for MPhil/PhD usually hold a good undergraduate degree in Music or a related subject, and in addition an MA in Music or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience of independent research. We normally ask potential applicants to submit a draft research proposal along the lines indicated in the Research Degrees prospectus, where you can also find further information about studying for an MPhil/PhD at the OU. This draft will enable us to assess your topic and approach, provide you with some feedback, and to consider whether we have the specialist staff to form a supervisory team prior to any formal application.
Follow this link for further details of the application process and funding for postgraduate research.
Ben Byram-Wigfield: The Sacred Music of Antonio Lotti: Idiom and Influence of a Venetian Master
Owen Coggins: Drone Metal and Mysticism (co-supervised with Department of Religious Studies)
Anthony Prechtl: Adaptive music generation for computer games
Alan Karass: Popular Music in Tunisia
Richard King: Contemporary Catholic Liturgical Song
Andrew Gustar: Statistics in Historical Musicology
Seymour Wright: AMM and the development of Free improvisation as a Musical Practice
Adrian Poole: Learning, Performance and Entrainment in Cuban Music
Andrew Hill: Understanding and interpreting the 6 suites for unaccompanied violon cello by J S Bach
Nicholas Logie: The role of leadership in Orchestral conducting
Heather Armsby: The role of women in the British brass band
Amanda Ashworth: Associations with the visual arts in the Music of Debussy: from Pre-Raphaelitism to Art Nouveau
Samantha Bassler: "The Most Splended Period of English Music". Sir Richard Terry and the Reception History of William Byrd's Latin-Texted Music in Britain during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Natalie Burton: The marriage of music and poetry: structure in the twentieth-century english song cycle
Michael Busk: The early nineteenth-century music festivals in Manchester and the industrial north-west of England
Kirsty Caine: The Story Tellers: Narrativity in Popular Music from 1998-2008
Sarah Clarke: An Instrument in Comparative Oblivion? - The Guitar and Amateur Players in Victorian England
Lucinda Cradduck: Spirituality in the Music of Edmund Rubbra
Andrew Cusworth: Welsh Folk Music of the 19th and early 20th centuries (Arts and Humanities Research Council Capacity Building Scholarship at the National Library of Wales)
Kerri-Anne Edinburgh: A study of the effects of nationalism, patriotism and politics on the experience of listening to music in wartime Britain, 1939-1945 (Listening Experience Database studentship)
David Force: A 'Holding, Uniting-Constant Friend': The organ in seventeenth-century English domestic music-making
Daniel Gouly: Soundcloud, sampling and sonic experimentation: community in hip-hop's online underground
Chris Grey: Church-musical aesthetics (co-supervised with Philosophy)
David Hammond: The Culture of British Military Music in the Interwar Years and its Relationship with the Music Industry
Tom Hewitt: Cyborg Music: A Future Musicotechnographic Aesthetic (co-supervised with Department of Philosophy)
Maciej Kierzkowski: The history of brass bands of Poland
Angelo Pinto: The Symphony as a Novel: Mahler’s Tenth
Jessika Rittstieg: The role of Eugene Ysaye in the promotion of Contemporary Franco-Belgian Chamber Music
Martyn Strachan: Style in the Music of Arthur Sullivan: An Investigation