Funding application deadlines normally take place between January and February. Please ensure that you have plenty of time to write your proposal and discuss it, obtain letters of recommendation and transcripts when necessary.

Project Highlights

MANTIS system

Large Scale multi-channel system for sound diffusion created by David Berezan and customised or extended by postgraduate students at NOVARS


Research strand started in 2008-09 by Ricardo Climent utilising game-engines, such as Blender, Unity3D, CryEngine and Unreal Engine 4 for composition purposes

Collaborative Project between NOVARS, NoTours and Escoitar, featuring large scale network projects. PG outcomes include novel software, such as

Started in 2015 between the Institute of Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Music Composition department in Manchester (UK).

Tornado Project

Inspired by the image of winds and wood flying through the air, Ricardo Climent and Paul Wilson conceived this project for American wind virtuosi Esther Lamneck (clarinet) and Elizabeth McNutt (flute).

sines and squares

It is one of UK's first festivals and concert series celebrating the resurgence of analogue and modular synthesizers. It features some of the most renown professionals working with Buchla, Serge, Eurorack, Hordijk and EMS modular systems.

SonicMaps is a Locative Audio (GPS AudioTour) platform and complete solution for sound geolocation created by a PhD Student at NOVARS as a compositional tool for his portfolio, which has gone beyond it to reach new creative goals

Postgraduate's Leadership

Our Postgraduate students hold prominent positions in UK and abroad and publish internationally on peer-reviewed academic conferences.



Studio 1 at NOVARS

Pictured above Studio 1 at NOVARS (31 channels of surround sound - genelec-)

NOVARS is a Research Centre started at University of Manchester in March 2007 with specialisms in areas of Electroacoustic Composition, Performance and Sound-Art. Current research strands include game-audio, Space in large multichannel systems and Interactive Art. The Centre is capitalising the success of Music at the University of Manchester with the expansion of its existing research programme in Electroacoustic Composition with a new £2.2 million investment in a cutting-edge new studio infrastructure.

NOVARS is named to reference and celebrate the seminal work by Francis Dhomont (Novars). In his own words 'a reversed version of Ars Nova' - New Art, New Science. We are grateful for his permission to use his title.

Staff and postgraduate student research areas range from acousmatic composition to machine musicianship, sound spatialisation, sound and architectonic spaces, performance practice, live interactive systems and cross-disciplinary projects.