The University of York
Music Technology PhD
The University of York

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The MPhil and PhD degree programmes enable students to study a chosen area of research with leading researchers in the Department. These degrees are awarded in either Electronic Engineering or Music Technology following the successful submission of a thesis and subsequent oral examination. The PhD degree is a three year full-time or six year part-time programme. The MPhil is a two-year full-time (or four-year part-time) research programme that is undertaken and examined in a similar way to the PhD, but of a smaller body of work.

All PhD and MPhil students are subject to formal reviews of progress. The purpose of formal reviews of progress is to ensure that students are making satisfactory progress with their research project and other elements of their PhD or MPhil programme. The progress of all research students is continually guided by a supervisor and a thesis advisory panel.

All PhD students take part in the Departmental PhD Conference held each year. The two day conference includes a first year presentation session, second year poster competition and third year seminars. These sessions are designed to give students experience in presenting their research - it gives the opportunity to prepare a talk, face an audience, and answer questions. The overall intention is to give research students the opportunity to develop both oral and written communications skills which are essential in a modern engineering environment.

Students often have the opportunity to present their work at UK and overseas conferences and their work is frequently published in international journals. The department provides a conference travel fund to enable each PhD student to attend an international conference to present their work, during their period of registration with us. Students apply to the fund with their supervisor. (In exceptional circumstances the department reserves the right to change or amend the travel fund arrangements as and when necessary.)

Accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 33 graduates of Music Technology PhD at The University of York for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Music.

Overall student satisfaction
81 /100
33 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates of Music Technology PhD at The University of York

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of Music Technology PhD at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £32000 £36500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £33500 £22500 - £38000 £28500 - £46500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Music

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £29661 £31510 £36530
25-75 percentile range £25762 - £34490 £23194 - £39893 £26878 - £46535

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Music Technology PhD at The University of York

40% Information Technology Professionals
30% Engineering professionals
15% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
10% Elementary occupations
5% Administrative occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Finance Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.0
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
Do you not fulfill the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements?
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still be able to join Music Technology, PhD.

Electronic engineering is a wide-ranging subject and enquiries are welcomed from well-qualified graduates and final-year undergraduates in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Music Technology or a closely related subject. Applicants are normally expected to hold (or expected to gain) the equivalent of a 2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant subject. Please contact us if you need any advice on the suitability of your qualifications. For applicants whose native language is not English, the minimum University English language requirements of IELTS 6.0 (with at least 5.5 in each of the four language components) or the equivalent are expected.


Tuition Fees Music Technology PhD

Ireland £4473 year 1
EU £22250 year 1
England UK £4473 year 1
Northern Ireland £4473 year 1
Scotland £4473 year 1
Wales £4473 year 1
Channel Islands £4473 year 1
International £22250 year 1
Ireland £4650 year 1
EU £23900 year 1
England UK £4650 year 1
Northern Ireland £4650 year 1
Scotland £4650 year 1
Wales £4650 year 1
Channel Islands £4650 year 1
International £23900 year 1

Additional fee information

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Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The University of York in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The University of York in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #14 
    • #18 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]
    • #23 
    • #28 
    The Guardian University League Tables by Subject
    [Published 24 September, 2022]

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About The University of York

The University of York, usually abbreviated to Ebor, is a collegiate research university based in the historic and picturesque city of York, England. It has two main campuses, East and West, which are just a few minute’s walking distance apart. It also has another site known as King’s Manor just North-West of the city centre.

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Where is this programme taught

The University of York
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Main Site - Heslington
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