PhD in Musicology

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Admission Requirements

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

Application Materials

  • Two essays (3,500-5,000 words) that demonstrate the ability to articulate and carry out research in musicology
  • A statement of interest 
  • Three confidential letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended, uploaded in PDF
  • Proof of English language proficiency (if applicable)

  

Diana Wu


The department has been really wonderfully supportive for somebody coming from out of town, and a completely different country. I’d never been to Ontario before - I didn’t know anyone in Ontario before I came here - so being able to build a community here has been really important and really wonderful.” Diana Wu, PhD (2022)

Learn more about Diana Wu and our PhD in Musicology program 

Program Requirements

Coursework

  • 6 courses (3.0 credits) in musicology and related subjects

Milestones

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Research Ethics Tutorial TCPS-2 CORE
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Language Requirement (proficiency in two languages other than English, normally French and German)
  • Dissertation Proposal Development
  • 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
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Term
2
Term
3
Term
4
Term
5
Term
6
Term
7
Term
8
Term
9
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10
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4 half courses
(or equivalent)
2 half courses
(or equivalent)

Comp
Exam

Dissertation Proposal Defence 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.
  • The chart does not show the completion of language requirements, where applicable.
  • 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