Key Facts

Subject area: Music
Programme: PhD / MPhil
Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
MPhil – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Starting Date: Any time of the year
Entry Requirements: See here
International entry requirements We accept a range of qualifications from other institutions.
Standard English Language requirements apply. Details here.

Music research at Keele has two main themes: Music Technology and Musicology. The Music Technology research group is one of the largest teams in UK Higher Education focusing on the creative aspects of Music Technology. The group comprises composers working with digital media in composition for purely acoustic and mixed resources, audiovisual composition, algorithmic composition, theory and aesthetics, and music software development. The Musicology research group focuses primarily on music since 1900. Specific member interests include French, Polish and German music, analysis, critical theory, cultural history, and film music.


Research students are supported through the provision of: shared office space, IT equipment and research funding to support some travel and other expenses.

Specialist facilities are also available for students of music and music technology. These include electronic and computer music studios, bespoke and specialist software, the Chapel organ and a chamber organ, as well as the Lindsay Studio Theatre, equipped with two concert grand pianos and a Golble Dulcken harpsichord.

Keele is also ideally located near to other major libraries and collections.

Research Staff and Students

Music is an established group of scholars comprising 8 academic staff and 7 research students.

The Research Institute provides a dynamic and supportive environment for postgraduate study and research. Postgraduates are encouraged to participate in all research activities of the Institute, from attending and giving papers at research seminars to taking part in academic events beyond the University.

  • Musicology (20th-Century European and American Musics, Theory and Analysis, Critical Theory, Film, TV & Game Music, Cultural History, Popular Music, Ethnomusicolgy)
  • Composition (Acoustic and electro-acoustic)
  • Music Technology (Software development, aesthetics, analysis)

Contact Details

Administrator Helen Farrell
Tel : (+44) 01782 733641
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