The department offers a broad range of expertise in musicology, composition and performance, with particular research strengths in Music on Stage and Screen, Early Music and Music in Contemporary Culture. Other areas of expertise include ethnomusicology, popular music, globalisation, 19th-century music, music and language, and historical performance practice. Proposals for postgraduate research in any of the areas familiar to the staff in the department are welcome.
In addition to individual supervision, postgraduate students benefit from the department's lively programme of research activities, including regular training courses, workshops and visiting speakers; as well as the services provided by the University's Graduate School.
An MPhil normally equates to either two years of full-time or four years of part-time study, during which a 60,000-word thesis is written. A PhD normally equates to either three years of full-time or six years of part-time study, during which a 100,000-word thesis is written.