Research degrees – Bath Spa University

Our research specialisms span a wide range of interests across the dance, music and performing arts spectrum.

Our approach to research in music and the performing arts connects inter-disciplinary practice with current theoretical contexts. Our staff are renowned researchers and practitioners, the Bath School of Music and Performing Arts can offer you the right supervisor for any range of music and performing arts research questions.

Our research specialisms within theatre, dance and music include:


Music production analysis and practice

Narrative and emotive meaning in sound and music production

Electroacoustic composition

Improvisation, sonic performance, live electronics and electroacoustic improvisation

Sonic arts

Experimental music

Visual music and audiovisual practice


Music and materialism

Composer-performer collaborations

Rehearsal and performance analysis

Intercultural musicology

Performance practice

Nineteenth century repertoires

Popular music analysis and historical studies

Popular music cultural studies

Performing arts

British theatre

Musical theatre

Performance-based research and practice-as-research

Theatre for social change

Twentieth and twenty-first-century theatre practice and contemporary theatre

Writing for performance

Choreographic practices

Interdisciplinary performance practice

Somatic-informed performance practices

Corporeal or physical theatre practice

Performance and cognition

Performance and embodiment

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