(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
The Open University’s Literature and Music research group aims to encourage wide-ranging interdisciplinary study of literature and music and to foster a research community in this area within and beyond the university.
Members of the Literature and Music research group have previously run two international conferences, resulting in the publication Phrase and Subject: Studies in Literature and Music. 2020 saw the publication of The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, ed. by Delia da Sousa Correa.
Research group members participate in the International Association for Word and Music Studies (WMA). The OU Research Group hosted the ninth international conference of the WMA in August 2013. In 2020, the Research Group hosted a Round Table on ‘Literature and Music: in from the margins and out again’ at the online conference of the WMA Forum, the early-career and postgraduate branch of the WMA .
Members are also engaged in Knowledge Transfer activity including opera projects and educational consultancy for opera companies and study events at the Oxford Lieder Festival.
Literature and Music research group members have supervised graduate students for interdisciplinary research degrees and welcome applications in this area.
Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.
Current research projects
- The marriage of music and poetry: structure in the twentieth-century English song cycle
- Alejo Carpentier and the Musical Text
The following Members of the Literature and Music Research Group supervise graduate students for interdisciplinary research degrees.
Fees and funding
|Full time: £4,500 per year
||Full time: £11,426 per year
|Part time: £2,250 per year
||Part time: £5,715 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, and to see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, visit Fees and studentships.