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University of Sussex: Popular Music Practice (USA Loans Funded)

Institution University of Sussex View institution profile
Department Music
Telephone 01273 606755
Study type Taught


Are you interested in researching and interrogating the languages and performance styles of popular music?

Studying for a Popular Music Practice PhD, you’ll produce a portfolio of original music in the form of creative work. Through methods of composition and performance, your creative work will critique and advance popular music practices. You’ll write a 20,000-40,000-word dissertation demonstrating original research. Your dissertation will highlight ways in which your practice makes a substantial contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field, and acknowledge existing scholarship and artistic practices.

You’ll have access to the latest tools in software and hardware in the Jonathan Harvey Electronic Music Studio at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Other specialist facilities include rare 20th-century music scores, and unique collections of jazz and music television documentaries.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

We are a research-intensive campus university with an excellent international reputation, located within the vibrant seaside city of Brighton & Hove. We welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment.

We have been ranked 1st in the world for Development Studies for seven consecutive years in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017-2023.


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