Dissertation Only Distance Phd Music

Distance Learning

Distance or online learning is a mode of study that allows students to study most or all of a course without attending at a campus-based institution. Distance can refer to both material and interaction. Distance learning provides access to learning when the source of information and the learners are separated by time and distance, or both.

During this type of education students communicate with the faculty and other students via e-mail, electronic forums, videoconferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, instant messaging and other forms of computer-based interaction.

The programmes often include a online training system and tools to produce a virtual classroom. The tuition fees for distance learning vary from institution to programme to country. It is certain that the student saves expenses related to accommodation and transportation, because you can maintain your current living expenses. Distance learning is also a great solution for people that already have a job, and still want or need further education.

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Research Degrees

(MUSR31) PhD - three years full time
(MUSR41) PhD - up to six years part time 

The doctoral degree requires completion of a major, original research project. It is supported by individual supervision and by the Departmental and University research training programmes. Graduate Study Days, weekly research seminars and meetings organised by research clusters provide further input. Research findings may be presented for examination in any one of the following formats.


Typically, a dissertation at this level comprises approximately 70,000 words. The thesis should be of publishable standard and must be suitably original and substantial for the degree to be successfully completed.


Students may apply for a PhD in the area of original composition. A folio of original compositions is prepared by the student and discussed in individual meetings with his or her tutor. An accompanying commentary not exceeding 10,000 words in length is also submitted. The compositions should show coherence, invention and originality in a variety of extended structures.

Performance Studies

This degree is examined through presentation of a dissertation (around 50,000 words) and a performance element. The performance element may take a number of formats, including a recital, lecture-demonstration and video-recorded performances. The performance and written work need to cohere together and both meet the demands of originality and innovation. Students in this programme normally possess a very high level of practical musical skill prior to the start of their studies.

Music Technology

Students applying for a PhD in the area of music technology may consider submitting a portfolio of creative music technology research and accompanying thesis of 30,000 – 40,000 words contextualising the research within a critical artistic and/or technological perspective.

Find out more about the Department of Music research areas and how to apply. 

Questions can be directed to music-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk.

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