Popular Music PhD Scholarships at the University of Huddersfield

Dear colleagues,

The University of Huddersfield is offering a number of PhD scholarships, including some specifically focused on popular music.

The Nitin Sawhney Scholarship is open to any popular music topic, whether focused on text based or practice based research. It will include some tutorial support from British composer, performer, and producer Nitin Sawhney.


The Richie Hawtin Scholarship focuses on Electronic music, and may include some tuition from DJ and Producer Richie Hawtin if appropriate.


The Creative Music Production Scholarship is aimed at projects focused on the art of record production or other relevant subjects.


The John Warhurst PhD scholarship is focused on film music and media composition, named after and supported by Huddersfield University graduate and Oscar winner John Warhurst, as well as the Nitin Sawhney Scholarship supporting any area of popular music scholarship.


The University of Huddersfield is ranked 25th in the world for Performing Arts (Music and Drama) in the QS World University Subject Rankings, and in the Times World University Rankings Arts and Humanities at the University of Huddersfield is ranked in the top 300. Huddersfield was ranked 5th for Music in the recent 2021 Research Excellence Framework results ranking UK Higher Education Research, one of only four departments to achieve a world-leading 4* ranking for its research environment.

The University has a strong interest in popular music, and has named undergraduate and masters degrees in Popular Music and Creative Music Production. A number of staff of the University have research expertise in popular music subjects, including Prof. Rupert Till (electronic dance music cultures, composition and songwriting, stardom and celebrity, music and spirituality), Dr Graham St. John (electronic dance music cultures, transformational events, cultural studies, ethnography), Dr Jan Herbst (metal, music production, analysis), Dr Rosemary Hill (gender, sexuality, metal), Dr. Dan White (Hollywood, Fandom, transmediality), Dr Nicolas Bougaïeff (techno, electronic dance music, music production), and Dr. Catherine Haworth (music and sound in audiovisual media, representation and identity). Other staff have interests in areas of popular music study such as experimental musical forms, ambient music, acoustics, and jazz.

Many thanks

Rupert Till