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SARC is a facility part of the School of Creative Arts.  

Research lies at the heart of the activities in Sonic Arts. It informs teaching, guides concert programming and seminars, and provides a context for many strategic activities within the School. The postgraduate community is one of the largest in the UK or Ireland (+ 50 students in 10/11) with students working on a range of musicological, creative and technical projects.

The School offers 3 main PhD Research Degrees in Music and in Sonic Arts, listed below.  Please click on a link and you will be directed to the School website for more information.  

Phd in Sonic Arts

A PhD in Sonic Arts offers the opportunity for cross-disciplinary research reflecting the interests of members of the Sonic Arts Research Centre and its staff.  In addition to all studio and technical facilities at SARC, PhD students have access to... more


PhD in Musicology

The School offers PhD supervision in a wide range of fields. A recent strength has been in nineteenth- / early twentieth-century music, with topics such as Exoticism in Massenet, Baroque influences in Brahms, Richard Strauss and Modernism, Salome, Strauss and Dance, and the music of Frank Bridge... more


PhD in Composition

The MA in Music programme provides a solid basis for independent research in a number of areas of research excellence in the School: Eighteenth-Century Studies, Opera Studies, Source Studies, Nineteenth or Twentieth-Century Music and Irish Music...  more


Click here to see research at SARC