PhD Studentships in Music

Salary Grade: To be confirmed
Closing date: 5pm on 17 December 2018
Interview date: 29th January, 30th January, 1st February and 4th February 2019

The Royal Northern College of Music, ranked the UK’s leading music college for research (REF 2014), invites high-quality applications for three-year PhD studentships that are 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) still to be confirmed by AHRC but likely to be c. £14,777 per annum.

Expert supervision is available at RNCM for PhD study in composition, music education, music performance (both performance practice and practice-based research), music psychology and musicology (sources and editions, cultural history, analysis and aesthetics). Further information about staff research expertise can be found at

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. There are opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-institutional projects as well placements with our non-HEI partners. 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 and contact the appropriate member of staff.

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

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

Applications must be received by 5pm on 17 December 2018. Outstanding applicants who are offered places at RNCM will be put forward for the AHRC competition (application deadline 8 February 2019). RNCM interview dates are 29/01/19, 30/01/19, 01/02/19 and 04/02/19.

For more information, please contact the Research Administrator at RNCM via e-mail at or telephone 0161 907 5228.