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Hi everyone! I'm a Hungarian musicology student doing my master's degree in Vienna and since i'm focusing on African and African diaspora musics, I think the UK would be the most ideal place for me to continue with my PhD. Obviously I've been looking at options here in Austria too, and what seems to be a big difference to the UK are the opportunities for "prae-doc" jobs here (so basically full-time jobs with a full salary and you write your dissertation while your contract lasts. when the contract ends you graduate and receive the title from the employer institute). I've seen some research assistant jobs in the UK as well, but none in the field of (ethno-) musicology. Is this a thing there too, or can I do a PhD in musicology only as a PhD student (with all its fees) in the UK?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question and to answer in advance!
Lots of love, Anna
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Hi everyone! I'm a Hungarian musicology student doing my master's degree in Vienna and since i'm focusing on African and African diaspora musics, I think the UK would be the most ideal place for me to continue with my PhD. Obviously I've been looking at options here in Austria too, and what seems to be a big difference to the UK are the opportunities for "prae-doc" jobs here (so basically full-time jobs with a full salary and you write your dissertation while your contract lasts. when the contract ends you graduate and receive the title from the employer institute). I've seen some research assistant jobs in the UK as well, but none in the field of (ethno-) musicology. Is this a thing there too, or can I do a PhD in musicology only as a PhD student (with all its fees) in the UK?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read my question and to answer in advance!
Lots of love, Anna
Hi annagerencser,

I'm in the field of English Literature rather than Musicology but I've not come across 'prae-doc' roles in the UK in my field, or within the wider Humanities. Most PhD students in my field apply for either a fully funded studentship or apply for funding for their own project.

Most universities list their funding options (including any available studentships) on their website but you'll also be able to search for funded projects across the UK at https://www.findaphd.com/. At Keele, for example, you can see details of our doctoral Music programme at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgr...rchareas/music, with details about funding (including studentships) available at https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgr...searchfunding/.

If applying for external funding, prospective PhD advisors are usually happy to assist you with making your application. When I applied for my PhD, I sought my studentship via Keele's AHRC doctoral partnership and had lots of support from my prospective supervisor and my academic school's research lead in making the application. So don't be afraid to contact the universities that you are interested in and asking what kind of funding/support with gaining funding they can offer.

At Keele, we also offer some Professional Doctorates for students who are working (usually in a full-time role) and wish to acquire a doctorate that reflects their existing professional context (https://www.keele.ac.uk/study/postgr...onaldoctorates). There isn't currently one in music or musicology but you may find similar programmes elsewhere in your field.

There are also Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDPs) which are, in essence, a funded PhD run in collaboration with both a university and a sponsor organisation - usually a museum/gallery or similar (https://www.ukri.org/councils/ahrc/c...ps-cdp-scheme/). There's a list of available studentships for 2022 at https://www.ahrc-cdp.org/category/av...-studentships/.

Hope that helps!

Amy Louise
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