PhD Scholarship in Music

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Ireland,
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Apr 2024

Funding for: EU Students, UK Students, International Students

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music at Dublin City University, ranked as one of the top 100 universities under 50 as per Times Higher Education, is a dynamic and creative learning environment with a strong commitment to social and cultural engagement, and world-class research. The academic study of Music in DCU engages with a plurality of Music genres, styles, creative practices and contexts with internationally-recognised staff who have distinguished records in research and teaching. We are currently offering a Doctoral Scholarship and applications are welcome in any area of Music. (This includes Musicology, Applied Musicology, Composition or Practice-Based Research.)

Eligibility: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree at first-class honours level or at least 2.1 level in Music, or a related discipline, and a Master’s Degree in Music or a related discipline. Candidates who are currently completing a Master’s qualification are welcome to apply.

The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music is interested in receiving research proposals in Musicology (across a broad range of music genres, practices and stylistic periods) and especially in the areas of:

  • Applied Musicology
  • Choral Studies
  • Composition
  • Contemporary Music (including Irish Contemporary Music)
  • Electroacoustic Music Studies
  • Film Music and Sound
  • Historical Musicology
  • Irish Traditional Music
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Development in Society and Educational Contexts
  • Music Policy
  • Music, Society, and Culture
  • Performance Music Education
  • Popular Music

Application Procedure:

Prospective applicants are encouraged to draft a research proposal (proposal instructions can be found here ). Applicants should then make direct informal contact with a faculty member whose research area covers their proposed doctoral work in advance of an application. Questions can be directed to the School Research Convenor, Dr. Joseph Rivera ([email protected] ).

Email scholarship applications to Dr. Patricia Flynn ([email protected] ), indicating Music PhD Scholarship in the subject line. Closing date for applications is 17:00 (Irish time) on Friday, 26th  April, 2024. Applications should include the following:

  • A CV including names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • A copy of undergraduate and postgraduate degree certificates.
  • Copies of transcripts from undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • A letter outlining the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship.
  • A research proposal ca. 2,000 words, accompanied by a bibliography (which is not included in the word count). See School website  for guidance on writing a research proposal.
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (as required).
  • Composers should also include a recent score and audio recording

Please note: Following the offer of a Faculty Scholarship, students will apply to register with the University through the University’s Student Application Portal , and must meet all the entry requirements of the University.

Inquiries to the School Research Convenor, Dr. Joseph Rivera ([email protected] ).

Other useful resources:
DCU Graduate Studies Office:

Closing date for applications is 17:00 (Irish time) on Friday, 26th  April, 2024.

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