(MPhil also available)
|Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
OU academics investigate an array of musical practices, from the 15th century to the present day. We specialise in:
- sacred/devotional music
- women in music
- music and literature
- medieval and early modern music
- music and well-being
- performance contexts and practice
- music publishing
- listening history
- music analysis
- popular music
Most successful applicants to the PhD programme have a masters degree in music or a related discipline, with a substantial dissertation. However, applicants can still be considered provided they demonstrate evidence of the ability to research and write about music at a high level. If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.
Potential research projects
We welcome applications in areas that correspond to current staff research interests (please see links to staff members below). We look for detailed and well-thought-out proposals that set out specific research questions and outline the originality of the topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact us.
Current/recent research projects
- Fin-de-siècle salon culture: a reappraisal of Cécile Chaminade
- The marriage of music and poetry: structure in the twentieth-century English song cycle
- An Instrument in comparative oblivion? The guitar and amateur players in Victorian England
- Wagnerian wounds: trauma and Wagner’s post-1849 works
- The history of brass bands of Poland
- The symphony as a novel: Mahler’s Tenth
- Welsh folk music of the 19th and early 20th centuries
- Johann Adolph Hasse and the operatic music of eighteenth-century London
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,712 per year
|Full time: £11,958 per year
|Part time: £2,356 per year
|Part time: £5,979 per year
Some of our research students are funded via the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.
For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.
To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.