Project code



School of Creative Technologies

Start dates

February and October

Closing date

Applications accepted all year round

Applications are invited for a self-funded, 3-year full-time or 6-year part-time PhD project, to commence in October or February.

This PhD project will be based in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, and supervised by Dr Andy Dolphin.

Applicants can submit proposals in the field of music computing, with a specific focus on the exploration of software design and development as an intrinsic part of the music/sound composition process. Applicants wishing to explore practice-based research methodologies are encouraged.

The proposed project should explore technical, theoretical, creative and aesthetic aspects. Fields relevant to the research project include: interactive music, audio-visual system design, algorithmic composition, live coding, networked music, collaborative electronic music creation, procedural audio, adaptive music, electroacoustic music, sonic art (including installations), sound-led multimedia, music education, applications of technology for SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability).

Applicants are expected to have an existing and substantial portfolio of work that demonstrates and showcases both technical and artistic aspects relevant to the application.

Fees and funding

Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only. 

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only – eligibility criteria apply).

2022/2023 fees (applicable for October 2022, February and April 2023 start) 

PhD and MPhil

UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students 

  • Full-time: £4,596 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £2,298 (may be subject to annual increase)

EU students
(including Transition Scholarship)

  • Full-time: £4,596 (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £2,298 (may be subject to annual increase)

International students

  • Full-time: £17,000 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • Part-time and part-time distance learning: £8,500 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

All fees are subject to annual increase. If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2022/23 please visit this page.

Bench fees

Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.

Entry requirement

You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum upper second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area. In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

  • Experience in at least one relevant software development environment/language is essential (Max/MSP/Jitter, Pure Data, Csound, SuperCollider, Web Audio, C++, etc).
  • A portfolio of existing work/publications will be required as part of the application process.

How to apply

We’d encourage you to contact Dr Andy Dolphin ( to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code CCTS4490220 and the project title.

When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form and select ‘Computing and Creative Technologies’ as the subject area. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV.  Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.

Please note, to be considered for this funded PhD opportunity you must quote project code CCTS4490220 when applying.


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