PhD Scholarships for September 2015 entry

The School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent is delighted to be offering up to THREE fee waiver PhD scholarships (Home/EU rate) for PhD students (September 2015 entry).

We warmly welcome applications from all doctoral research applicants who have applied or are applying to the School of Music and Fine Art at the University of Kent for entry in the academic year starting September 2015. Please visit Kent’s postgraduate pages for comprehensive information about how to apply for postgraduate research study. These Scholarships are only open to applicants whose proposed first supervisor is in the School of Music and Fine Art.

In order to be eligible for these scholarships, applicants should apply for, and subsequently receive an offer of, a place at the University of Kent for one of the following PhD courses for September 2015 entry.

  • Fine Art (Practice as Research)
  • Music and Technology
  • Music (Research)
  • Music (Composition)
  • Music (Performance)

The Scholarships are available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover tuition fees (at the home/EU rate). They are offered for one year in the first instance, renewable for a maximum of three years subject to satisfactory academic performance.

Details of the application process can be found here Deadline for all elements of an application is 30 June 2015.


NEW Creative MA programme in the School of Music and Fine Art for September 2016!

MA: Event & Experience Design from September 2016! (subject to validation)


This exciting new practice based MA, to be offered at the School of Music and Fine Art, covers contemporary culture delivered through live and mediated events that may include live streaming, interactive networks and traditional terrestrial broadcast. The experience may be interactive, participatory or immersive or combinations of any of these.

This programme is ideal for Art, Design, Digital Arts, Performance and Drama (and other related subjects) undergraduate students who wish to study in an interdisciplinary environment. It is also aimed at professionals in the industry who wish to study part time(over 2 years) for personal and professional development.

Modules are assessed on coursework and practical project outcomes with supporting research portfolios. The dissertation is 8,000 words or 5,000 words plus a publicly-presented element.

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£10,000 Bursaries for exciting Creative MAs

Kent creatives can now apply for a £10,000 bursary to study locally. The University of Kent has been awarded a total of 232 new £10,000 postgraduate bursaries, the sixth largest allocation in the UK, for students admitted to taught Master’s degree programmes at Kent in September 2015. Allocations will be made by mid-July 2015.

Based at the Chatham Historic Dockyard, the School of Music and Fine Art offers MA’s in Fine Art, Music Technology, Music Composition and Sound and Image, with students benefitting from a thriving research environment and strong research profile.

Students have access to state of the art facilities and equipment as well as all the support and learning resources of a major, research-led University. The School hosts a regular programme of seminars, symposia, conferences and other exciting events in a dynamic and vibrant environment.

There is no fixed closing deadline for applications to most postgraduate taught degrees BUT you are recommended to apply as soon as possible and no later than three months before your intended start date. Most taught degrees begin in September although some may offer the opportunity to start in January.

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Award winning creative meditation CD from School of Music and Fine Art has National impact

An imaginative collaboration between the School of Music and Fine Art and the Student Learning Advice Service (SLAS), Wellbeing and Counselling team, which tackles the social stigma often surrounding mental health, has resulted in wide ranging impact and two award nominations.


Cover Artwork by Nicole Vaughan, SMFA, 2015

Charlotte Harding, Event and Experience Design BA,  was instrumental in the project, coming 2nd in the 2015 Kent Student Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity. It was also nominated for the Barbara Morris student support prize.

As part of a campus-wide mental health awareness campaign, SMFA offered a popular weekly meditation session, which resulted in the production of a free meditation CD. Student support staff contributed a meditation, with SMFA music and art students creating soundscapes, original compositions, and cover artwork. The University funded 200 CDs, released to coincide with exams, and the tracks are free to students and staff to download via the university’s VLE:

“The CD generated discussions and awareness about mental wellbeing, and was discussed at the Medway mental health forum, reaching beyond the university into the local community, and to a national and international audience, with papers submitted to two major conferences.” says Louise Frith, SMFA Student Support Officer who initiated the project.

For further details contact Louise Frith, Student Support Officer, SMFA, Tel: 01634 888450 or Email: