Dr Scott Mclaughlin

Dr Scott Mclaughlin


I was born in Ireland (Co. Clare) in 1975. I played in an indie-rock bands until my mid-twenties, I then studied music at the University of Ulster at Jordanstown where I gained a BMus degree in 2001. I completed a PhD (Strange Attractors: A Commentary on Applications of Indeterminacy in my Recent) at the University of Huddersfield with Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Bryn Harrison in 2009. I attended the Ostrava New Music Days summer school (2005, 2007), and the Irish Composers Summer School (1999—2001). I have previously lectured at the University of Huddersfield, and Brunel University.


  • Admissions Lead
  • Deputy Director of Centre for Practice Research in the Arts, & Centre for Audio Visual Experimental
  • Programme Leader for MMus Critical and Experimental Composition

Research interests

My research is practice-led and focuses on composition, materiality, and indeterminacy in complex systems. My current research uses different methods to excite resonance in sounding bodies to exploit physical non-linearities to generate musical patterns/structures.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD (practice-based), University of Huddersfield 2009
  • MA Composition, University of Huddersfield 2005
  • BMus University of Ulster (Jordanstown) 2001

Professional memberships

  • Association of Irish Composers

Student education

Most of my teaching is on composition modules, and some music technology. I have a particular interest in helping composers develop into new areas and question the musical ideas they have inherited; while understanding that the ideas they've grown up with will always be the basis of their understanding.

Research groups and institutes

  • Making Music

Current postgraduate research students

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>