Doctoral Colloquium

The Doctoral Colloquium is a lecture series organized by the Department of Music Research.  Upcoming colloquium events are posted online in the What's On section. An electronic announcement is sent out a week before each event.


  • To provide a forum for graduate students in all areas to present their work to the research and performing community at the Schulich School of Music. Material may be drawn from dissertation work or other research initiatives; presentations should be accessible to a general audience of music research professionals.
  • To foster collegiality and shared knowledge across disciplines.
  • To engage with research presented by guest lecturers and McGill faculty members.

Attendance Requirements

All Ph.D. students must attend the doctoral colloquium, MUGS 705D1/D2 for two years. Although you have to attend for two years, you only register for the course once, during your first year of studies.

  • Ph.D. students must attend eight lectures (in-person), distributed in any way across both semesters each year for two years in order to earn credit. Students must do one colloquium presentation at any time in their program as a graduation requirement.
  • Students registered for MUGS 605: M.Mus. Colloquium: you need to attend 3 research lectures or professional development events over the course of your degree.

Logging your Attendance

When attending the Wednesday Doctoral Colloquium:

  • Sign the attendance sheet distributed by the coordinator at each presentation.

Presentation Requirement

PhD students must do a presentation on their thesis research at the Colloquium during the course of their doctoral studies.  The presentation should be 30 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and discussion. You are expected to present your dissertation research, but remember that your audience will include students and faculty from all the music research areas, so as much as possible, you should define your terms and make your points as generally accessible as you can. (This is good practice for job talks and grant applications, both of which are often evaluated by faculty in other disciplines.) Please send me a title, abstract (up to 150 words), optional image for the announcement, and brief bio (~50 words) at least one week in advance.

It is imperative that you contact the coordinator at the beginning of the academic year (Fall) in order to secure your spot for the Fall OR Winter semester.

Registration and Evaluation. PhD students must register for MUGS 701D1/D2 in their first year of study (students only register once). A pass grade will be submitted once the attendance and presentation requirements have been met.  Excused absences must be accompanied with an official written note (e.g., medical excuse).  All other absences will be marked as unexcused if not replaced by another event approved by the instructor.

Please direct any questions regarding scheduling concerns, course requirements, and attendance to the Series Coordinator, liliana.araujo [at] (subject: Doctoral%20Colloquium) (Liliana Araujo (email)).

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