Outline

Outline

Reid School of Music boasts a large and successful community of postgraduate research students. Our supervised research programmes suit candidates who have a particular project and approach already in mind.  

We consider applications relating to any specialism which staff members have the expertise and capacity to supervise. Please browse our profile pages to learn about the research specialisms and outputs of Music staff.

MSc by Research

The MSc is ideal for students interested in undertaking a small, independent research project in Music. Research training takes place through two selected taught courses alongside a dissertation or portfolio of projects. The programme duration is one year full time study, or two years part time.

PhD and MPhil by Research

Research towards a PhD normally requires a minimum 36 months full-time work under the guidance of a panel of usually two or three supervisors. Candidates submit a dissertation of 80,000-100,000 words which they defend in a viva voce examination. For the MPhil programme, 24 months work culminates in a dissertation of c.60,000 words. Many Music PhD students benefit from multidisciplinary supervision teams involving staff from across the University. Depending on the project, supervision teams may also include private, public or third sector partners.

Your choice of topic

Please browse staff profiles to learn about the research specialisms and outputs of Music staff.

If you’re applying for a Music postgraduate research degree, it’s because you already have a topic and an approach in mind. All research degrees require students to work closely with a supervision team. We encourage you to approach staff directly to gauge their availability and suitability as a prospective supervisor.

Contact with prospective supervisors can inform decisions you will need to make about how to develop your proposal (essential for competitive funding applications), and with whom you would like to work. When making first contact, it is helpful to prepare a couple of sentences which describe the topic – research area, research questions – and the approach you would intend to use, e.g. archival study, fieldwork, practice-led.

If you are uncertain and wish to seek advice, please do get in touch – either with Dr Nikki Moran, Programme Director, Music - PhD/MPhil/MScR by Research, or Sophie Ramette (ECA PG Office).

Staff

Dr Stefan Bilbao, Acoustics and Audio Research Group; Research Project Director NESS

Acoustics and audio, Computational, Instrument research, TechnologyView staff profile >

Dr Matt Brennan, Course Organiser for MMus Musicology

Contemporary, Cultural history, Empirical, Instrument research, Music industries, Politics, Popular music, Social history, Sociology, Twentieth century, Twenty-first centuryView staff profile >

Dr Annette Davison, Director of Research, Reid School of Music; Course Organiser for MMus Musicology

Aesthetics, Archival study, Contemporary, Cultural history, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Music industries, Opera/Theatre, Philosophy, Politics, Reception, Social history, Sociology, Theory and analysis, Twentieth centuryView staff profile >

Dr Dr Anne Desler, Director of Performance, teaching on MMus Musicology

Aesthetics, Archival study, Classicism, Cultural history, Historical musicology, Historiography, Improvisation, Music industries, Opera/Theatre, Pedagogy, Performance, Philosophy, Popular music, Reception, Renaissance/Baroque, Sacred music, Social historyView staff profile >

Yati Durant, Programme Director, MSc in Composition for Screen

Composition, Contemporary, Electroacoustic, Empirical, Improvisation, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Performance, Philosophy, Sonic art, Technology, Twentieth century, Twenty-first centuryView staff profile >

Dr Michael Edwards, Programme Director, PhD in Creative Music Practice, MSc in Digital Composition and Performance

Algorithmic composition, Composition, Computational, Contemporary, Electroacoustic, Improvisation, Performance, TechnologyView staff profile >

Dee Isaacs, Course Organiser, 'Introduction to Community Arts Practice'

Community, Composition, Ethnomusicology, Sonic artView staff profile >

Dr Elaine Kelly, Teaching on MMus Musicology

Aesthetics, C19th Romanticism, Cultural history, Historical musicology, Historiography, Opera/Theatre, Philosophy, Politics, Social history, Twentieth centuryView staff profile >

Prof. Raymond MacDonald, Teaching on MMus Musicology

Cognitive sciences, Community, Composition, Contemporary, Empirical, Ethnomusicology, Improvisation, Instrument research, Music and health, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Musical development, Performance, Psychology, Sonic art, Twenty-first centuryView staff profile >

Dr Nikki Moran, Programme Director, Music - PhD/MPhil/MScR by Research

Cognitive sciences, Community, Empirical, Ethnomusicology, Improvisation, Pedagogy, Performance, Psychology, ReceptionView staff profile >

Prof. Peter Nelson, Programme Director PhD Composition in Music, MMus Composition

Cognitive sciences, Composition, Computational, Contemporary, Electroacoustic, Philosophy, Sonic art, Technology, Twentieth century, Twenty-first centuryView staff profile >

Dr Michael Newton, Programme Director MSc Acoustics and Music Technology

Acoustics and audio, Computational, Instrument research, TechnologyView staff profile >

Dr Katie Overy, Director, Institute for Music in Human and Social Development (IMHSD)

Cognitive sciences, Empirical, Music and health, Musical development, Neurosciences, Pedagogy, PsychologyView staff profile >

Dr Martin Parker, Programme Director MSc Sound Design/MScR Sound Design

Acoustics and audio, Composition, Computational, Contemporary, Electroacoustic, Improvisation, Instrument research, Music for screen (TV/Film/Game), Performance, Sonic art, Technology, Twenty-first centuryView staff profile >

Dr Benedict Taylor, Course Organiser for MMus Musicology

Aesthetics, C19th Romanticism, Classicism, Cultural history, Historical musicology, Opera/Theatre, Philosophy, Reception, Theory and analysis, Twentieth centuryView staff profile >

Dr Gareth Williams, Teaching on MMus Composition

Community, Composition, Contemporary, Music and health, Opera/Theatre, Twentieth centuryView staff profile >

How to apply and entrance requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for postgraduate study

Preparing your application

Common to all research programmes are a set of research aims, a research context, a research process and a research product/outcome. The research proposal should include reference to all of these elements. All applicants for postgraduate research programmes must submit a research proposal.

Portfolios or writing samples are also required for some research degrees.

View the Music guidelines (PDF)


Facilities and resources

Six purpose-built, acoustically-treated music studios, with tie-lines to a shared recording space.

Recording equipment is available to students through BookIt, the online booking system.

On occasion the Reid School of Music loans audio equipment to outside organisations.

Seventeen practice rooms equipped with pianos, ideal for students requiring a private place for music practice.

Information on the equipment available to students in the music studios and editing suites.

A 218-seat Victorian venue built in 1859. Used for regular orchestral and choral rehearsals and performances.

Located beneath Reid Concert Hall, this studio is built to record live performances in the venue.

Studio equipment and software tailored for music students to be able to record, edit, and experiment with their work.

The oldest purpose-built concert hall in Scotland, home to one of the most important historic musical instrument collections in the world.


Scholarships and bursaries

AHRC PhD Doctoral Studentships

  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For research interests aligning with, or cutting across, ECA's five Schools.

Carnegie / Caledonian PhD Scholarships

  • Value: Covers tuition fees, and maintenance, research and travel allowances
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: For graduates of a Scottish university with a first-class honours degree, or final year students of an undergraduate degree in Scotland expected to obtain a first-class honours (withdrawing if they fail to do so).

College Research Awards

  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of ECA's interdisciplinary nature.

ECA PhD Scholarship

  • Value: £16,000 per year for three years full-time study (or £8,000 per year part-time)
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Applications are invited for research projects that take advantage of ECA's interdisciplinary nature, drawing on the leading research expertise across the ECA Schools.

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarships

  • Value: Covers the difference between the tuition fee for a UK/EU postgraduate student and that chargeable to an overseas postgraduate student
  • Deadline: Deadline passed
  • Eligibility: Open to overseas students commencing a PhD in any field of study.

Helen Doig Bursary

  • Value: £1,000
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Open to postgraduate research stuents pursuing research in the area of Scottish Music in either Reid School of Music or the Celtic and Scottish Studies department.

Michael Tilmouth Research Scholarships

  • Value: £500 per annum
  • Deadline:
  • Eligibility: Open to new and continuing full-time and part-time postgraduate research students in Music working in the field of Musicology.



Contact

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: ecaresearchdegrees@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086