Self-funded PhD opportunities

Software Design and Development as an Intrinsic Part of the Compositional Process (Music/Sound)

  • Application end date: All year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: School of Creative Technologies
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Andy Dolphin

Project detail:

Applicants are invited to 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, audiovisual 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.


Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) and ideally a Masters (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area or, exceptionally, equivalent professional experience. 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:

To apply or make an enquiry, please visit postgraduate research: Computing and Creative Technologies

Applications should use our standard application forms and follow the instructions given under the ‘Research Degrees’ heading on the following webpage:

Enquiries about this PhD are strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Andy Dolphin: