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PhD Music (Electroacoustic Composition)
Create a professional portfolio of electroacoustic compositions under expert supervision.

PhD Music (Electroacoustic Composition) / Programme details

Year of entry: 2018

Programme description

Composers will produce a portfolio of electroacoustic works and a written commentary. They will be assigned a research panel consisting of their supervisor, a co-supervisor and advisor who will meet with them on a regular basis to monitor their progress. Electroacoustic postgraduate students are based in the Novars Research Centre and the associated electroacoustic music studios, and they are expected to take part in the academic community of the department and University by participating in seminars and by presenting their research at regular intervals. Workshops and performances of postgraduate compositions are arranged through the department, and will primarily be supported by student involvement with MANTIS (Manchester Theatre in Sound) and may also involve Psappha, the University's ensemble-in-association, and the Quatuor Danel, the quartet-in-residence, among other professional and student performers.

Special features

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