12 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Music Technology (by research) course from University of York is a one year full-time programme (two years part-time) based on a research project which may be in any area of staff expertise. 

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As a member of one of the Department’s research groups you will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a member of academic staff.  Progress of all research students is continually guided by a supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.  The award of the Music Technology (by research) course from University of York is made following the submission and successful examination of a thesis (which is usually around 15,000 to 20,000 words).

Research Projects

As part of any application for a research degree you have to name one or more academic staff who could supervise your research. Have a look through the staff list which gives a brief description of staff research interests and use this along with the example projects to identify a potential supervisor(s). Some of the PhD projects listed may also be suitable for the MSc by Research – please contact the member of academic staff involved to find out if the project can be adapted for an MSc by Research.

MSc by Research students are also encouraged to take advanced taught courses in Electronic Engineering to help fill any gaps in the background knowledge required for the research project. The choice of courses taken will be made together with the supervisor, at the beginning of the programme.

Programme Structure

  • You will have a supervisor who will help you with your research. You need to be able to work independently: although discussion with other students, researchers and academic supervisors is frequent and encouraged, you will be the only one working on your project.
  • An MSc by Research is assessed only on the basis of a final written thesis, which must be written to a standard comparable to leading research in the chosen field.
  • You can attend some taught MSc lectures to gain background knowledge, but these will not form part of your assessment.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

In most cases, applications can be submitted year-round. However, we recommend that you apply as early as possible as some areas are particularly competitive.


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

For research programmes, you must submit your research proposal with your application. This should:

  • outline the research question you intend to explore and explain its significance 
  • discuss what else has been done in this sphere and how you intend to build on these foundations
  • indicate the sources of data/evidence that you plan to use and its availability, plus the related methods of analysis
Obviously, some of these matters, especially the last, may not have been decided yet and will develop further anyway during the course of your reserach - this is just to set out a starting point. We recommend that you seek advice from your potential supervisor (i.e. the member of staff who shares your research interests) in constructing this opening proposal. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • EU/International Part-time: £11,950

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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