Music technology

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
October January
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
Application period

The Open University invites applications for PhD study in music technology. Applicants are welcome to propose research on any aspect of music technology, contemporary or historical. Staff expertise centres especially on:

  • Electronic music practice
  • Analogue electronics and instrument design
  • Digital instruments and performance practice
  • Electroacoustic music
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Popular music, including dub, dance music, and DJ culture
  • Contemporary art music
  • Video game music
  • Organology, including instrument design, past and present
  • Historically informed performance practice
  • Sound recording and recording studios

Entry requirements

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.

Current research projects

  • Exploring homage in electroacoustic music: exposing the hidden histories and work of early women electroacoustic composers in Europe (1940–70)

Potential research projects

We welcome 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.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 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.


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How to apply

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If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Helen Barlow
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653280

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