24 months
23900 GBP/year
4650 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Research topics for the Music programme from University of York may be proposed in any area closely related to the research interests of current members of staff (see staff profiles). 

Visit the official programme website for more information


Key Features

Students work independently with regular supervision from their research supervisor, and attend research seminars (normally four each term). 

Students of the Music programme from University of York are required to attend these sessions which aim to encourage an exchange of ideas amongst a range of disciplines and approaches. Whilst 'research' fosters the idea of specialisation, this should not be at the expense of working in isolation; the broader context is always to be encouraged. 

It is important that research students retain an awareness of areas of study outside of their chosen specialism, especially those who intend to teach within Higher Education, if they are to be effective in their work. During the academic year, all members of the group should be prepared to lead a seminar discussion based on their particular specialism with a view to engaging with those working outside that area; these contributions form part of the official upgrading (from MPhil to PhD) process.

Programme Structure

Thesis titles from recent years include:
  • Music and Language in the Works of Samuel Beckett
  • Beyond Simplicity: Approaches to the Analysis of Contemporary Music
  • Melodic Oganisation and Improvisation in Thai Music with Special Reference to the Thaang Ranaat Eek
  • A Ghanaian Perspective on the Changing Role of Traditional African Music in a Contemporary Society
  • Passion and Persuasion: The Art of Rhetoric and the Performance of Early 17th Century Solo Sonatas
  • The Community Education Work of Orchestras and Opera Companies: Principles, Practice and Problems
  • Gesture and Affekt in the Performance of Baroque Vocal Music
  • 3 Masses by Frangiskos Leondaritis c1516 - c1572
  • Interpreting Music: contemporary performance practice on the violin

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 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

Typically you’ll need at least the equivalent to a UK upper second-class (2:1) honours degree and, in some cases, a Masters degree. Actual requirements vary by course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 23900 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    4650 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4650 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • UK Part-time: £2,325
  • International/EU 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.


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