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Research Studentships in Music and Sonic Arts, Queen's University Belfast


Research Studentships in Music and Sonic Arts, Queenʼs University
TEN new studentships available for postgraduate study in the School of Music and Sonic Arts for 2009-10 
There are currently over forty research students in the School of Music and Sonic Arts, working on topics in eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth-century musicology, compositional and creative practice-based work, and ground-breaking projects exploring technical research applications at SARC. Composition is one of the strongest areas of creative work in the School with six composers on the staff and outstanding facilities in SARC and in the Music Building.  Compositional practice ranges from instrumental and electroacoustic music to multimedia and installation-based creative practice.  Through the Harty Room, the Sonic Arts Research  Centre and the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music, the School has unique facilities for putting on public concerts with student compositions, for researching and developing new ideas on compositional practice, and providing opportunities for exposing new music to  a wider audience. PhD composers have regular opportunities to have their works workshopped performed and recorded by professional ensembles which in the last few years included the Smith Quartet, the Vanbrugh Quartet, the Ulster Orchestra amongst others.  

The School's record in attracting an international community of practitioners in composition, sound art, installation art, improvisation, performance, audio-visual design and new media makes it a vibrant environment in which to pursue creative work at PhD level. The work of PhD students is regularly showcased both locally in internationally at events such as the Gaudeamus Festival, Wien Modern, Musica Viva, Biennale di Venezia, ICMC, SEAMUS,  NIME with a number of students winning prizes such as EMS Stockholm, Culturas 2008 Madrid Musica Nova (Czech Rep.), Crash Intl. Biennale (Poland) and SCI, Hungarian Radio, Gaudeamus Composition.  

Applications for TEN new studentships for students from the UK (for full fees and maintenance) or from the EU (for full fees).  TWO of these studentships will be available to international students (for full international fees and maintenance).  Enquiries for PhD study should be directed to: and should be directed to:  sile@xxxxxxxxx.  Applications from students who are self-funding or who have access to funding from other sources are also welcome.   

Starting in 2008/09, students funded through the DEL studentship scheme will automatically have the opportunity to undertake a period of fully-funded study abroad at a partner institution.  Further details of this scheme are available from the School.

The deadline for funding applications is Friday, 13 March 2009.

 applications should be submitted via the Queen's University postgraduate application website at:

Areas of Research Supervision at SARC 
The Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC) is an interdisciplinary centre situated within the School.   
Areas of research at SARC include spatial audio, networked performance, physics-  based modelling of musical instruments, performance practice and interaction design for new digital musical instruments, and all fields of sound design, composition and creative  practice.   
Applications are welcomed for Ph.D. study in all of the above areas.  In particular applications are invited in response to the following topics: 

Spatial audio - New techniques in multi-loudspeaker reproduction, virtual room acoustics, outdoor acoustic simulations, cognitive factors and interaction with artistic practices. 

Interaction design and performance practice -  The  spectator's  understanding of interaction with novel instruments, Low-latency encoding of gesture information for remote interaction and  topics in networked performance.  

Physics-based Sound Synthesis - Re-synthesis of woodwind instrument tones More details on these projects can be found at:

Postgraduate Applications can be made through the postgraduate portal

Gary Kendall, Lecturer
School of Music and Sonic Arts
Sonic Arts Research Center
Queen's University Belfast
+44 2890 974445
FAX +44 2890 974828