5 November 2012

Oxford Brookes University (UK)
School of Arts Doctoral Bursary in Music (Opera Studies)

The School of Arts at Oxford Brookes University is pleased to announce that it is able to offer a Doctoral Bursary to a new PhD student in Music for full time study commencing in January 2013. The successful applicant will have course fees waived and will be awarded a bursary of £10,000 per annum for three years (with no inflation increase).

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Alexandra Wilson. Proposals are invited in any area of the discipline of opera studies. Dr Wilson has particular research interests in the following areas:

  • 19th- and 20th-century Italian opera (especially Puccini)
  • Opera's social, political and aesthetic contexts (particularly in Italy and Britain)
  • Reception studies
  • Contemporary operatic culture
  • Opera's interaction with other art-forms, particularly film
  • Gender
  • National identities
  • Singers and recording culture
  • Staging issues

For full details of Alexandra Wilson’s research expertise visit:

It is expected that the student will support the activities of the OBERTO opera research unit (Oxford Brookes: Exploring Research Trends in Opera) and the growth of the research culture in this field at Oxford Brookes University. For further information about OBERTO visit:

The selection criteria will focus on academic excellence, suitability of the research environment for your project and references.

For full details of how to apply, please visit:

Closing date: 12pm, 5 December 2012.

Informal enquiries about this bursary should be addressed directly to Dr Alexandra Wilson: