Flourishing research environment with strengths in composition (vocal, instrumental, and electroacoustic), historical and computational musicology, ethnomusicology, 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.

Our Research

Music at the University of Aberdeen combines expertise in composition, creative practice, community music, ethnomusicology, musicology, music education, music theory and sonic arts.

Our staff produce internationally recognised academic and creative outputs with a strong interdisciplinary approach, as well as engaging in public facing activities and impact projects. Research at the department is strengthened by our diverse group of PhD students.

The department is also home to major research groups and projects, and holds regular research seminars and forums run by staff and PGR students. We also maintain close links with the Elphinstone Institute, especially in the areas of ethnomusicology and traditional music.


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