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Postgraduate MA and PhD Study in Popular Music

Posted: May 18th, 2015 | Filed under: News | No Comments »

Students can study popular music at the University of Huddersfield at MA, MPhil or PhD level, and can include composition, performance, musicology, music technology and production. Students participate in a lively research environment, with 50 postgraduate students and a regular programme of events, concerts and seminars. Applications are encouraged which include practice based research, such as composition, performance or studio production, this work is usually accompanied by a short thesis. PhD by Publication allows those who already have a large body of existing research to evidence that existing work within 12 months of study.

Recent postgraduate project subjects have included:

  • The influence of literary techniques on British psychedelic songwriters of the 1960s and 1970sĀ (thesis and set of original songs)
  • The use of the 1176 compressor in studio production
  • Extreme metal production techniques
  • Ambient music compositionĀ (thesis and set of original tracks)
  • Richie Hawtin and minimal techno (thesis and set of original tracks)
  • Studying the development of popular music identities using phenomenological psychology
  • Oral history, locative media, oral history, and sound walks
  • Iraqi Besta music
  • Italian popular music studies
  • Dancing in electronic trance music cultures
  • Popular music performance tuition in higher education
  • The music of Elton John
  • Popular music interactive installation art

More details available at: https://www.hud.ac.uk/research/researchcentres/pmsrg/postgraduatestudy

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