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Funded Music PhD Studentships Cardiff University

Tuesday, February 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sturgis
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Cardiff University School of Music is pleased to announce two full-time doctoral studentships for entry in October 2020. Applications are invited from outstanding UK/EU and international postgraduates wishing to pursue doctoral research in any aspect of music, including composition and research-led performance. For further information about our PhD programmes, please follow the link below:



About the studentships

We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement. Eligible applicants should have, or expect to achieve, either a Master’s degree with distinction or merit from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification from outside the UK, or have suitable professional experience. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.

Studentships will cover full UK/EU tuition fees over the period of the candidature (international applicants will receive the equivalent UK/EU tuition fee amount as a fee discount but are  responsible for covering the remaining fee amount) In addition, students may claim up to £1,200 for research expenses during their candidature.

Studentships are available on a full-time basis with an October 2020 start date.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 17 February 2020

About Cardiff University School of Music

The Cardiff School of Music is an ambitious centre dedicated to research in composition, performance, popular music and ethnomusicology. We are an internationally recognised centre of excellence in research and teaching across a range of subject areas including historical studies, performance and performance practice, composition, analysis, music of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, . For details on staff research interests please visit:


Our reputation for excellence was recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The School ranks 8th in the UK amongst music departments for research excellence and scored 90% in the category “research environment” – an esteem indicator of scholarly standing that measures how conducive the environment is to producing research of world-leading quality in terms of its vitality and sustainability. This is more than double the sector average. 85% of the School's research has been judged to be either "world-leading" or "internationally excellent." The School's aim is simple: to provide a stimulating and supportive environment where students and staff can flourish and work together in a wide range of musical scholarship, composition and performance. Research students in the School have the opportunity to work with and learn from world class scholars; and to work alongside students from across the world.

How to apply

Applicants must complete and submit the following by the deadline indicated below: 

  • completed application form for admission to doctoral study in the School of Music – submitted to the Academic Registry via the online admissions portal: http://cf.ac.uk/regis/general/applyonline/index.html(Please specify the School of Music – Research Degree – Doctor of Philosophy (Music) with a start date of October 2020)
  •  the following documentation (attached to a single email with the subject School of Music Studentship) to Parkinva@cardiff.ac.uk:
  • Letter of application stating your reasons for wishing to pursue PhD study.
  •  Short abstract of the proposed PhD (maximum 500 words)
  • Full research proposal for the PhD (maximum 2000 words, excluding references)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts of previous higher education degrees
  • Two academic references
  • Applicants are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor prior to making an application.

Deadline for receipt of applications:  

12.00pm Monday 17 February 2020

Note that this deadline is absolute and applications received after this date and time will not be accepted. 

For any enquiries please email: 

Victoria Parkin (Postgraduate administrator) parkinva@cardiff.ac.uk

Dr. Caroline Rae (Director of Postgraduate Research) rae@cardiff.ac.uk


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