Musical Composition PhD

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time, 6 years part time
Start date:
Choose to start in September 2019, January 2020 or May 2020

For our Musical Composition PhD, you’ll research and develop new musical languages. You achieve this through building a portfolio of works accompanied by a reflective critical commentary.

Our facilities provide the latest tools in software and hardware in the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio. Other specialist facilities include rare 20th-century music scores and unique collections of jazz and music television documentaries.

Our supervisors in the field of Musical Composition have particular expertise in:

  • opera
  • orchestral and chamber music
  • electronic and computer music
  • film and media music
  • improvisation.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 12-15 / 20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Masters degree requirement

You should normally have the equivalent of a UK Masters degree. Contact our admissions team and we will assess your qualification on an individual basis. You can contact admissions by email at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk or by calling +44 (0)1273 876787.

Undergraduate degree requirement

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component). 

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 5 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

Evidence of compositional ability requiredYes
Research proposal

If you are applying for a PhD on a self-funding basis, you’ll need to write a research proposal. Find out how to write a research proposal.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

How to apply

If you’d like to join us as a research student, there are two main routes:

Find out how to apply for a PhD at Sussex

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 mfm@sussex.ac.uk

PhD or MPhil?

You can choose to study for a PhD or an MPhil. PhD and MPhil degrees differ in duration and in the extent of your research work.

  • For a PhD, your research work makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.
  • For an MPhil, your work is an independent piece of research but in less depth than for a PhD. You’ll graduate with the degree title Master of Philosophy. You might be able to change to a PhD while you study for an MPhil.

Our supervisors

Dr Alice Eldridge

Dr Alice Eldridge

Lecturer in Music and Music Technology

Research interests

Acoustic Ecology, Agent based modelling, complex adaptive systems, Composition, Ecoacoustics, Evolutionary Algorithms, Improvised Performance Practice, Music Technology

Contact

alicee@sussex.ac.uk

View Alice Eldridge's profile

Prof Ed Hughes

Prof Ed Hughes

Professor of Composition in Music

Research interests

Composition, ensemble music-making, ensemble performance with technology, music and silent film, the orchestra

Contact

E.D.Hughes@sussex.ac.uk

View Ed Hughes's profile

Dr Thor Magnusson

Dr Thor Magnusson

Senior Lecturer in Music

Research interests

Composition, Computational Creativity, Computer Music, Creative Coding, History Of Music, Human computer interaction, Improvisation, Live Coding, Music, Music Technology, Notations and visualisations, Organology, Performance, Performance And Live Art, Philosophy, Philosophy of Technology, Software Engineering

Contact

T.Magnusson@sussex.ac.uk

View Thor Magnusson's profile

Prof Nicholas Till

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

Contact

N.Till@sussex.ac.uk

View Nicholas Till's profile

Funding and fees

How can I fund my course?

Funded projects and scholarships

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. Don’t miss out on scholarships – check the specific application deadlines for funding opportunities. Note that funded projects aren’t available for all our PhDs.

Scholarships for this course for entry in the academic year 2019 are yet to be confirmed. They will be published here as soon as they are available.

National postgraduate loans

As a PhD student, you may be eligible for a loan of up to £25,000. You can apply for a PhD loan if you’re a self-funded UK national, aged 59 or under.

As an MPhil student, you may be eligible for a Postgraduate Masters Loan of up to £10,609 if your course starts on or after 1 August 2018. This is not available for students registering for a PhD.

Part-time work

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.

Find out more about careers and employability

How much does it cost?

Fees for self-funding students

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2019/20 but will be published here as soon as they are available. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

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