Flourishing research environment with strengths in composition (vocal, instrumental, and electroacoustic), historical and computational musicology, sonic arts and sound studies.

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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 – six pathways: composition, musicology, performance, sonic arts, community music, education; or the MPhil in composition or musicology), and at doctoral level (PhD) in composition or musicology.

Approaches from applicants who wish to undertake their studies as Distance Learners will be considered, subject to discussion with an appropriate supervisor.

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The Department of Music has research strengths in composition (instrumental, vocal and electroacoustic), historical musicology and editing (medieval music, music and place, twentieth-century music, contemporary Scottish music and aesthetics), computational musicology (analysis), sonic arts and sound studies. Composers, musicologists and performers within the department have a track record in collaborating in the organisation of events that bring normally disparate research communities together.


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Music - Complete University Guide 2020 rankings

#15 in the UK and #3 In Scotland in The Complete University Guide 2020 rankings 


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