Sound Recording PhD

I’ve always tried to contribute different ways of doing things. My PhD continues with that.

Bill Bruford PhD Music

Why Surrey?

Research in music and sound takes place within the School of Arts, which brings together a broad range of interconnected subject areas, including dance, digital arts, film, music, theatre and sound recording. The School is highly collegiate, with a close-knit and supportive academic environment. It is home to the Institute of Sound Recording, one of the world’s leading centres for research in psychoacoustic engineering and sound perception. Our musical research and composition achieves wide international
circulation through established scholarly channels and broadcast media. We are principal organisers of the Guildford International Music Festival. Facilities include industry-specification sound-recording studios, music-practice rooms and venues for concert performance and musical theatre.

Programme overview

Our research degrees prepare you for success at each stage of your PhD project development. The structure is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates. Completion of the programme entails submission of a thesis, the submission of practice if undertaking
a practice-based PhD, and an oral viva with external examiners.

PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training:

  1. University-level training is provided by the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme and the University Library including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led University Postgraduate conference.
  2. School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker events and conferences.
  3. You will also receive subject-specific training that will vary depending on your programme. You may participate in research “intensives”, featuring formal presentations of work by students, keynote seminars, study groups on current themes in Arts research, and research skills training sessions. You may meet regularly for debate and discussion and participate in annual formal presentations of research.

Academic members of staff within the School of Arts are well known internationally for their exceptionally strong research profile. We have a strong record of graduate completions.

Funding

Faculty studentships are available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.

Supervisors

Before you submit your formal application form, please take a look at our list of School of Arts PhD supervisors.

Once you have found an appropriate supervisor, please make contact with them to discuss your proposal. You should then proceed to completing and submitting your formal application form.

For more specific information about the PhD programme in Sound Recording / Psychoacoustic Engineering, please see the IoSR PhD webpage.

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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 509

arts-admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

A high level of academic achievement in relevant science/engineering subject areas and a clear aptitude for research are required. Typically this will mean a first or high upper second-class Bachelors degree with a significant final-year project or dissertation, or a Masters degree achieving or approaching distinction, with a significant research
project element.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above. Auditions will be held for entry to some programmes.

We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Fees

Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £12,735
Part-time £1,998 £6,368

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014, 2015/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

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