You can study and MPhil or PhD in music. Staff have expertise in Electro- accoustic composition, music education, early English and Dutch keyboard, composition, Italian and German Baroque and Classical music, contemporary European art music and aesthetics, computational music and electroacoustic composition.

Our main achievement has been the establishment of a secure, flourishing and expanding research culture in Music at Aberdeen since the department was re-opened in 2002.

Research is central to the working environment of the department, with all staff actively involved in engaging with research for their teaching and the vast majority of staff being active researchers in their respective fields.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Our Research

Applications are particularly welcomed from prospective postgraduate students with interests in the following areas:

Composition Instrumental/vocal composition and electroacoustic composition.

Contemporary Art Music and Aesthetics Historical, analytical and aesthetic approaches to European modernism; American experimental music in the 50s and 60s; Computer music and electronic music

Early and Contemporary Sonic Arts New Approaches to sound production and listening; interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary practice in sonic arts; public sound installation and new instrument making based on cutting technology

Early Modern Music Tudor and Jacobean music, Peter Philips; English and Dutch keyboard music; manuscript sources of keyboard, lute, ensemble and vocal music.

Scottish Music Including both 'art' music (especially of the late 18th and 19th centuries) and traditional music (especially fiddle music); Scottish music manuscripts and early printed editions.

Fees and Funding

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Our Funding Database

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There are many opportunities at the University of Aberdeen to develop your knowledge, gain experience and build a competitive set of skills to enhance your employability. This is essential for your future career success. The Careers Service can help you to plan your career and support your choices throughout your time with us, from first to final year – and beyond.

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Contact Details

Contact Name
Dr Phillip Cooke
Music Department
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA