Choose to start in September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022

Music Technologies PhD

Music Technologies PhD

Key information

Duration:
Up to 4 years full time, 6 years part time
Start date:
Choose to start in September 2021, January 2022 or May 2022
Apply by:
1 month before start (UK), 3 months before start (international)

“Research in the technologies of music is very interesting to me as it exists at the borders of many different disciplines – one day I might be working on mathematics for signal processing, the next day I might be building a new instrument.”

Dr Chris Kiefer Lecturer in Music Technology

At Sussex, we define music technologies in the widest sense – from instrument making, to studio production, to development of new musical forms in new media such as augmented realities or virtual worlds. If you’re interested in the study, development and performance of new musical technologies, this is the place for you.

You’ll:

  • produce a portfolio of original creative work that advances practice and knowledge of music technologies
  • write a 20,000-40,000-word dissertation demonstrating original research. Your dissertation will highlight ways in which your practice makes a substantial contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field, and acknowledges existing scholarship and artistic practices.
You’ll have access to the latest tools in software and hardware in the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio at the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts. You’ll be part of the Experimental Music Technologies Lab, which conducts research in new music technologies, and work closely with the Sussex Humanities Lab.

We’ll make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the services and facilities described in this prospectus. However, we may need to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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. 

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

Canada

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 language requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

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)

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

TOEFL (iBT)

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

Check your TOEFL (iBT) qualification meets all of our language requirements and 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.

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 4 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

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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 personal life. For details about part-time study, contact us at studyinmfm@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.

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Funding and fees

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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 have yet to be confirmed. Please check back later in the year.

Applying for USA Federal Student Aid?

If any part of your funding, at any time, is through USA federal Direct Loan funds, you will be registered on a separate version of this degree which does not include the possibility of distance learning which is prohibited under USA federal regulations. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid.

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.

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Fees for self-funding students

Fees are not yet set for the academic year 2021/22.

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