PhD Studentship in Contemporary Music Studies

University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield invites applications for a new PhD studentship in the field of contemporary music studies. The scholarship has been created in recognition of the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize to the university for services to contemporary music. The successful applicant will undertake a programme of scholarly research leading to award of a PhD under the supervision of Professor Robert Adlington who holds the new Queen’s Anniversary Prize Chair in Contemporary Music. Applications are encouraged for research projects related to any of the following:

  • the histories and ideologies of composed and experimental music of the past 60 years
  • contemporary music and politics
  • new music theatre
  • the institutions of contemporary music performance
  • relevant collections at the university’s archive centre Heritage Quay: the British Music Collection; the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival archive; the Society for the Promotion of New Music archive

The principal criterion for award of the studentship will be the potential of the project to make an original and significant contribution to contemporary music studies.

The studentship provides 100% of UK/EU/International tuition fees paid and an annual stipend at the RCUK postgraduate rate, currently £14,553, for a study period of three years. Additional funding is available to support study-related costs.

Candidates must have a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and be expected to perform at or around Distinction level in a Master’s degree. Candidates with other qualifications may be considered if they can demonstrate that relevant professional practice or work experience has equipped them with equivalent academic and research skills.

Applicants must apply to commence a programme of doctoral study in the 2018/19 academic year starting 1 October 2018.

The application deadline is Monday 15 January 2018 at 5pm.

To apply, please complete the standard University of Huddersfield online application form at Under ‘Fee information’ please state clearly that you are applying for the PhD Studentship in Contemporary Music Studies. For this studentship, your research proposal must adhere to the following format:

Explain the following points, in no more than 500 words:

  • a very brief synopsis of your proposed project
  • the research questions you intend to investigate
  • why these matter in terms of the current state of knowledge and debates in the field, and in terms of wider contribution to knowledge and understanding
  • your preparation and previous experience relevant to this project
  • the methods and critical approaches you plan to use, and how sources are to be used
  • an outline timetable / work plan over the three years of the studentship
  • any particular training needs and how these will be met
  • any ethical issues relating to your project

It is not necessary to speak with Professor Adlington prior to application, but if you have an enquiry you may contact him by email at A shortlist of applicants will be drawn up following the deadline, with interviews to be arranged via Skype shortly thereafter.

For more information about the research environment relevant to this studentship, visit and




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