NPIF PhD Studentship in Music: AI-assisted original musical compositions in association with RNCM PRiSM and BBC Philharmonic

Salary Grade: Studentships cover the full cost of fees and an additional stipend for living costs (UK applicants only) at £14,777 per annum
Closing date: Monday 2nd July 2018
Interview date: Week commencing 16th July 2018

The Royal Northern College of Music invites high-quality applications for a three-year PhD studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). RNCM is one of the seven members of the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. These prestigious and highly competitive studentships cover the full cost of fees and an additional stipend for living costs (UK applicants only) at £14,777 per annum.

The NWCDTP, with funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF), has made available an additional studentship to start in September 2018. The project addresses AI and the data revolution, by embedding and maximising the advantages of AI and data within musical composition. The successful candidate will be a skilled composer with a unique voice, a growing national/international reputation, and significant experience in writing for large acoustic ensembles (eg orchestra) with/without electronics. Computer programming skills are desirable although not essential.

This doctoral studentship will be associated with the RNCM and Industry partner the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC’s orchestra in the North of England, based in Salford. The successful candidate will become the first PhD candidate to be associated with the RNCM’s recently established centre for Practice & Research in Science & Music (PRiSM).

The supervisory team will consist of primary supervisor Dr Emily Howard (Senior Lecturer in Composition and Director of PRiSM, RNCM), co-supervisors Professor Marcus du Sautoy OBE (Co-Director of PRiSM; Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford), Professor David De Roure (Oxford e-Research Lead, PRiSM; Professor of e-Research, Oxford e-Research Centre, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford) and Simon Webb (General Manager, BBC Philharmonic).

Postgraduate research students benefit from the vibrant specialised musical environment at RNCM and participate in the broader research community within the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership. Research degrees at RNCM are validated and awarded by Manchester Metropolitan University, so students draw on training and expertise at both institutions.

For information about PhD research at RNCM please see, read the Guidelines for Applicants at Please note that these guidelines are primarily intended for the RNCM’s general call for studentships, but that the entry requirements are relevant to this studentship.

Applicants for studentships will usually hold a first-class or good upper-second undergraduate degree and have achieved merit or distinction level in a Masters degree.

Further information about the AHRC-funded studentships can be found at

For more information about the studentship, please contact Dr Emily Howard at

If your query is regarding the application process or administration of research degrees, please contact the Research Office at RNCM via e-mail at or telephone 0161 907 5228.