4 years full time, 6 years part time
Choose to start in September 2017, January 2018 or May 2018
Study in excellent facilities and join a vibrant community of faculty and research students.
Our expert faculty supervise and support you while you complete a portfolio of original compositions and critical writing.
Areas of study
PhD or MPhil?
You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in the length of the course and therefore in the extent of the research work you can undertake and incorporate in your thesis.
- An MPhil typically takes three years full time and four years part time. You’ll conduct an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You will graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy.
- A PhD typically takes four years full time and six years part time. You will undertake a piece of research that makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
If you choose an MPhil, you might be able to change to a PhD during the course of your studies.
How to apply
If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:
- browse scholarships and funded projects in this subject area
- find a potential supervisor and propose your own research project.
Full-time and part-time study
Choose to work on your research full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. For details about part-time study, contact us at email@example.com
We engage in research through practical composition in acoustic, electro-acoustic and electronic/computer music, in composition for screen-based media, and performance-based composition, and reflect critically on all forms of music composition.
Works are regularly performed at a variety of international venues from major opera houses and concert platforms to state-of-the-art electronic venues such as IRCAM, and contemporary music and film festivals.
- Faculty profiles
Prof Martin Butler
Professor of Music
Research interests: Musical Performance
Dr Evelyn Ficarra
Lecturer in Music
Research interests: Collaborative Projects, Composition, experimental film music, Installation, Music, Music Technology, Music Theatre, Sound Art
Prof Ed Hughes
Professor of Composition in Music
Research interests: Composition, ensemble music-making, ensemble performance with technology, music and silent film, the orchestra
Dr Thor Magnusson
Senior Lecturer in Music
Research interests: Composition, Computational Creativity, Computer Music, Creative Coding, History Of Music, Human computer interaction, Live Coding, Music, Music Technology, Notations and visualisations, Performance, Performance And Live Art, Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, Software Engineering
Prof Sally-Jane Norman
Research interests: Embodiment and Technologies, Performing Arts, Practice-based research, Scenography, Sonic Arts, Theatre History
Prof Nicholas Till
Professor of Opera & Music Theatre
Research interests: art practice, Critical Theory and Marxism, Cultural History, experimental art, historical materialism, historical musicology, opera and music theatre, Opera Production, practice as research, Scenography, Sound Art
Normally a Masters degree or equivalent professional experience in a subject related to your chosen area of research. Applicants must also produce evidence of compositional ability.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.
English language support
Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.
Additional information for international students
We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.
Visas and immigration
Scholarships and fees
How can I fund my course?
Postgraduate Masters Loan
MPhil students might be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.
Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.
We advertise around 2,500 part-time jobs a year so you can make money and gain work experience. We have a special scheme to employ students on campus, wherever possible.
How much does it cost?
Fees for self-funding students
Home: £4,195 per year
EU: £4,195 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £4,195 per year
Overseas: £15,100 per year
Our fees follow the indicative fee level set nationally by Research Council UK and may be subject to change.
Life at Sussex
Research Support Assistant
+44 (0)1273 877215
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