PhD in Composition

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Admission Requirements

  • A Master's degree in Composition (or equivalent)
  • Minimum 70% average in the Master's degree

Application Materials

  • 3-5 recent original scores in a variety of media
  • Instrumental recordings (not MIDI) of the original compositions where possible.
  • A  statement of interest 
  • A current resume or CV
  • Three confidential letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, uploaded in PDF
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

  

Andrew Noseworthy

 


The graduate students in composition get quite a few opportunities and quite a few chances to have their music read and performed by professionals.” Andrew Noseworthy, PhD Candidate

Learn more about Andrew Noseworthy and our PhD in Composition program  


Program Requirements

Coursework

  • 2 required courses (1.0 credit): 9558a/b/y Composition and 9659a/b/y Composition II 
  • 4 elective courses (2.0 credits) in composition and related subjects

Milestones

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Research Ethics Tutorial TCPS-2 CORE
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Dissertation Proposal Development
  • Portfolio
  • Dissertation Proposal Defense
  • Dissertation and Oral Defense

Each PhD student will have a PhD Advisory Committee, whose members will be responsible for approving the student's course selection and comprehensive examination. The dissertation proposal and dissertation itself will be written under the supervision of a dissertation supervisor and second reader.

Timeline for Progression

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Term
1
Term
2
Term
3
Term
4
Term
5
Term
6
Term
7
Term
8
Term
9
Term
10
Term
11
Term
12
4 half courses
(or equivalent)
2 half courses
(or equivalent)

Comp
Exam

Dissertation Proposal Defence

Portfolio

Dissertation Research and Writing
Dissertation Proposal Development

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Notes:

  • Course requirements must be completed in years 1 and 2, by the end of Term 5.
  • Conceptualizing and developing a dissertation proposal begins in Term 3.
  • A draft dissertation proposal should be completed in Term 7 with the approval of the dissertation supervisor and second reader.
  • The Dissertation Proposal Defense should take place as early as possible in Year 3.
  • This chart does not include the application for ethics approval (where applicable). The student and supervisor must plan accordingly.

Directory of Current PhD Students

Recently Completed Dissertations 


Contact Info

Associate Dean (Graduate Studies) 
Kevin Mooney
TC 215
kmooney@uwo.ca

Graduate Program Assistant
Audrey Yardley-Jones
TC 216
519-661-2111 x85354
ayardley@uwo.ca