Call for Applications: The John Warhurst Scholarship in Musical Multimedia


The Department of Music and Design Arts at the University of Huddersfield is pleased to invite applications for the John Warhurst Scholarship in Musical Multimedia and for full and partial fee-waivers for PhD studies, for new UK, EU and International PhD students, starting in September 2023.

As part of a range of PhD scholarships at Huddersfield named to honour significant contributions to British musical life, this scholarship recognises the work of John Warhurst, a University of Huddersfield graduate and Oscar and BAFTA award-winning supervising sound and music editor. John studied for a BMus Music and an MA in Music in the Department and his love of academic and practical study, combined with the life-changing creative inspiration of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, has deeply informed his approach to working in the commercial film world. His outlook thus reflects the Department’s emphasis on musical and technical innovation and the uniqueness of the creative voice, and how that might be applied practically to careers in the creative arts industry.

The successful candidate’s primary affiliation will be within the Centre for Research in New Music (CeReNeM), which supports a key research strand in musical multimedia and sonic arts, including creative work and practice-led research in film music composition, sound design, sound and music in documentary film, videogame design and engagement, immersion and user experience, site-specific installations, and multimedia art. The Centre is also committed to expanding industry links and to supporting student enterprise in both solo and collaborative ventures. 


The successful candidate can expect:

  • Full waiver of tuition fees.
  • £17,668 annual stipend for the three years of registration.
  • Full-time PhD study for three years beginning in September 2023.
  • Supervision from internationally renowned staff, including, if appropriate to the subject of the research project, some tutorial support from John Warhurst.
  • Opportunities for creative work, collaborative projects, publication, and the expectation to gain teaching experience.
  • Access to the Teaching Assistant Preparation Programme (TAPP), which can lead to the qualification of Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).
  • Access to additional financial support through the Postgraduate Support Fund of the School of Arts and Humanities.
  • If not successful, consideration for a full or partial fee-waiver or full-fee study.


The successful candidate is normally required to be resident in/near Huddersfield during the period of registration.


With over 100 students representing numerous fields of study and more than 20 nationalities, our postgraduate community is a vital, diverse and vibrant part of the department. The University is home to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the British Music Collection and the Electric Spring Festival. The University features one of the UK’s leading electronic music studios, including a 24-track SSL-based recording studio, the SRIF-funded SPIRAL 25.4-channel digital spatialisation lab, one 8-channel studio, four 5.1 studios with video editing facilities, three stereo studios, an interactive sound lab and the 50-channel HISS (expanded recently by a further 20 channels). All studios are equipped with top-of-the-line hardware, software and plug-ins, and we offer an impressive collection of industry-leading microphones and recording equipment, including a 26-track location recording setup with class-A preamps. 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.


Additional information:

To apply:

Closing date: 27th February (extended from the originally published date of 10 February).

Applications should be accompanied by links to examples of the candidate’s creative work, with articles or other examples of written work as appropriate. (Please do not send files via email or for download; the application should include links to material that can be viewed/heard online.) Please clearly indicate on the online application form that you are applying for the John Warhurst Scholarship in Musical Multimedia.

As part of a larger commitment to expanding diversity and opportunity in music technology, including through our partnership with the Yorkshire Sound Women Network, we particularly welcome applications from women and other groups currently underrepresented in the field.


Dr Geoffrey Cox (Senior Lecturer in Music); 

Dr Steven Jan (Music and Music Technology Research Coordinator);