Nikki Sheth – PhD Musical Composition

PhD in Musical Composition student Nikki Sheth says the facilities at Birmingham are some of the best in the UK. She tells us about her experience as a researcher at the University of Birmingham. 

Nikki Sheth, doctoral researcher in Musical Composition at the University of BirminghamWhy did you choose to study a PhD in Music?

“I wanted to further my knowledge from my MA degree, gain teaching experience in Higher Education and be able to use the specialist equipment and facilities at The University of Birmingham.”

Why did you choose to undertake research at the University of Birmingham?

“When I was researching where to undertake my PhD degree, I had some advice from a friend who told me to go to a place that suited my research and to study with supervisors who would understand my research and encourage and support me in it.”

What are the best things about your course?

“The facilities at the Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) are some of the best in the UK, my supervisors give me the freedom to have fun with my research portfolio and are really supportive and encouraging and there are regular opportunities to get involved with the department.”

What is life like as a researcher at the University of Birmingham?

“There is plenty to do around Birmingham and there are many events at the University of Birmingham for research students.” 

What support have you received during your PhD? 

“My lead supervisor has been a constant source of encouragement and support. I have also received funds from the Postgraduate Research Support Fund which enabled me to take research trips to South Africa and Portugal, as well as conferences in the UK.”

Outside of your research, what experience have you gained and how will it help you in the future? 

“I have had the opportunity to teach the Undergraduate Studio Composition module, curated Post Graduate concerts, been the Marketing Assistant for BEAST events and spent a year being Assistant to the Studio Technician, all of which will be extremely useful for me when looking for jobs after finishing my degree.”

Find out more studying for a PhD in Musical Composition over on our course pages.