Ph.D. Admissions


For our PhD program we ask that applicants submit university transcripts and a portfolio of recordings they have done, along with any examples of their research publications (including term papers  research reports, conference publication). An electronic copy of master’s thesis would be recommended. We also require a letter of intent, including the statement of goals and future pursuits.

For general information: 

Our PhD program in sound recording is relatively small, we currently have 6 PhD students, and our selection process and the availability of spaces is based on our capacity to supervise, fund, and sustain research projects.  We work on a number of research topics related to the tools and knowledge applied within the discipline of sound recording. These areas include virtual acoustics for live performance, recording and post-production, multimodal perceptual interactions (combining audio, video and haptic channels), electroacoustic measurements of rooms and transducers, acoustics of small rooms and audio control rooms, optimization of microphones and amplifiers, assessment of high resolution audio recording and reproduction systems, multichannel microphone techniques for surround sound with height, production tools for 22.2 channel surround with height, technical ear training, evaluation and modeling of sound balancing actions of audio engineers. The results of our current work are published regularly at international conferences and conventions of such organizations as the Audio Engineering Society, and the Acoustical Society of America, among others. The graduates of our PhD program hold industrial positions at prestigious companies (e.g. Bang&Olufsen, Harman International, Barcelona Media), or are tenured and tenure track academic staff at universities (such as University of Michigan, Belmont University,  Middle Tennessee State University).

Our research facilities include shared labs of the CIRMMT Research Centre as well as the labs within the Sound Recording Studios of McGill University.

Admission to PhD2 level can be recommended for masters degree holders, and involves taking 5 seminar courses followed by a comprehensive doctoral examination, finally the dissertation research work.  We expect students to conduct research throughout their studies. Familiarity with web-based tools and software for desktop audio research and production are expected. A strong background in statistics and experience with Matlab and Max MSP are recommended.

We typically require a music degree and substantial experience in sound recording combined with strong technical background along with the ability to conduct experiments in sound and to write research documentation and papers. In some cases, we have waived the requirement for a formal music degree when there was strong informal training and very strong technical and scientific preparation. A formal application, which provides all relevant information to the PhD program admissions committee is the best course of action in all cases as this helps us review each individual case with utmost considerations of all relevant circumstances.

PhD students in the sound recording area are eligible for graduate fellowships, which are awarded on a competitive basis of merit by the Department of Music Research and its Graduate Studies Sub-Committee. Not all students can be guaranteed financial support. For further information concerning funding please contact:

Ms. Helene Drouin
Graduate Studies Office
Schulich School of Music
555 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC   H3A 1E3
Tel:  514-398-4469
Fax:  514-398-1540
For information concerning the application process, please contact:
Mr. Patrick O’Neill
Admissions Officer
Schulich School of Music
of McGill University
555 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal. QC    H3A 1E3
tel:514.398.4535 ext 0473
Fax: 514.398.8873