You can study an MPhil or PhD in music. Staff have expertise in Electro- acoustic 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 electro-acoustic composition.

Staff at Aberdeen are internationally renowned in their chosen fields and have books, editions and articles published in many of the major journals and publishing houses and are regular contributors to international conferences. Their compositions are performed throughout the world and are recorded and broadcast on many radio and TV stations and they have received commissions from such groups as the BBC and Carnegie Hall, New York City.

At Aberdeen postgraduate candidates can study at masters level (MMus by research; MMus in Musicology or Composition or performance; MMus in Sonic Arts and MMus in Vocal Music, or the MPhil in composition or musicology), and at doctoral level (PhD) in composition or musicology

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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

Sonic Arts and Sound Studies Critical approaches to sound production and listening; interdisciplinary practice in sonic arts; sound installation and new instrument making based on cutting technology; technology-mediated performance practice and electronic music making

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.

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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
Professor Paul Mealor
Music Department
University of Aberdeen
MacRobert Building
King's College
AB24 5UA