PhD Studentships in Music at the Open University

The Department of Music at the Open University invites applications for October 2016 entry to its PhD programme.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a CHASE AHRC studentship. These awards cover fees and a stipend for students based in the UK, and fees only for EU residents. The studentships are available through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE), which brings together the OU, the Courtauld Institute of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London and the Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex. For more information about CHASE, please visit:

The university also has a number of faculty-funded studentships (fees and stipend) for part-time and full-time students. All applicants will be considered for any available OU funding.

How to apply

Informal enquiries about studentships and PhD studies in the Music Department should be made to Helen Coffey ( in the first instance.

Further details of PhD studentships at the OU and the application process can be found here:

Applications for studentships will be initially assessed for a place on the Music PhD programme. Successful applicants will then be forwarded to internal and external studentship panels for further assessment and ranking.

Please note that the deadline for all postgraduate research degree applications, including for studentships, is 13 January 2016.

Music at the Open University

The Open University’s Music Department has a wide range of expertise on diverse subject areas from music of the medieval period to the present day, including jazz and film music, and also non-Western music. We were rated joint 1st for music research in the Guardian’s analysis of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Specialisms in the Music Department cover historical musicology, the social and cultural study of music, musical analysis, editing, performance practice, music iconography, ethnography, acoustical research and organology. Ongoing major research projects in the department include George Frideric Handel: Collected Documents and The Listening Experience Database. We are also strongly committed to interdisciplinary research and are active members of several research groups in the university, such as those for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Digital Humanities, Literature and Music, and Music Computing.

Music PhDs at the Open University

We currently have around 20 PhD students, working on a wide range of subjects which include studies of repertoire from the sixteenth century to the present day, military music, music computing, gender studies, music and the visual arts, folk music and electronic music.

Each student is supported by at least two supervisors as well as a programme of university-wide training in research skills. OU students benefit from the flexible approach to learning offered by the University, which also allows the possibility of receiving supervision from staff working in different faculties. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a lively research culture and to contribute to regular seminar programmes, conferences and workshops.

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