Research Degree Programme
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance offers research degrees of MPhil and PhD.
The Research Degree Programme leads to award in one of the
- MPhil/PhD in Creative Practice: [Dance / Music / Collaborative
- MPhil/PhD in [Dance and/or Music] Science
- MPhil/PhD in [Dance and/or Music] Pedagogy
The Research Degree Programme includes an induction period,
research skills training, seminars and a requirement to present
your research work on a regular basis. You will have
one-to-one meetings with two allocated Research
The options in creative practice are suitable for those whose main
focus is in composition, choreography, performance, or any related
activity which embodies practical components, including those whose
research incorporates interdisciplinary collaborations. In
addition, historical research projects that utilise archive
resources at Trinity Laban are also admissible under this
The options in science and pedagogy are available for those
specialising in empirical approaches to topics in music and/or
dance research and those who wish to concentrate on educational and
Research degree candidates normally register initially for Master
of Philosophy (MPhil), giving time for students to develop
methodology and refine their topic. This leads to an assessment of
the project at a midway stage when registration may be considered
for transfer to PhD.
Registration can be either in full or part-time mode and there are
two intakes for the Research Degree Programme in each academic
year, one in January and one in September. We also offer options
for suitably experienced Staff Candidates to pursue doctoral study,
and in appropriate cases, submission by prior publication is
Applicants for the programme should have a good honours degree in
a relevant subject and, preferably, a Masters qualification.
Candidates from overseas must also have sufficient command of
English to study at doctoral level, equivalent to an IELTS score of
7.0 or above in each element.
All candidates are required to submit a detailed research
proposal, which outlines the area(s) of study to be undertaken and
a description of how these correlate with existing areas of
scholarship, both theoretical and practical. You will also be asked
to state how the proposed research project is represented in terms
of the research interests of Trinity Laban, and, if necessary, how
the resources of the institution will be utilised.
The MPhil and PhD programmes are led by:
Dr Jonathan Owen Clark
Head of Research
welcomes informal queries relating to any aspect of potential
postgraduate level research at Trinity Laban.
The links in the
drop-down box at the top right of this page give detailed
information about the programme and the applications procedure,