Paul Dibley studied at Oxford Brookes University for his first degree, where he studied computer science alongside music. He gained a distinction for his MA in Digital Music Technology from Keele University, supervised by Professor Rajmil Fischman and Professor Mike Vaughan. In 2003 Paul completed a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Birmingham, where he studied with Professor Jonty Harrision.

As well as being Field Chair in Music at Oxford Brookes University, Paul is the Senior Lecturer in Music responsible for the teaching of all electroacoustic and studio based modules. Paul also teaches BSc Sound Technology and Digital Music students, and BSc Media Technology students, and teaches on the MA in Music course.

At present Paul is experimenting with various teaching methods, including web-based learning and assessment. Courses currently running include assignments requiring the completion of online listening journals and the production of a composition within a website.

As well as electroacoustic and live-electronics composition, other interests include web-design, programming, digital signal processing, MIDI, psychoacoustics and the aesthetics of electroacoustic music.