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 following:
- MPhil/PhD in Creative Practice: [Dance / Music / Collaborative Arts]
- 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 Supervisors.
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 option.
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 pedagogical aspects.
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 possible.
Find a brief outline of pre-requisites for an application and its necessary components below. Please note that this list is neither complete nor exhaustive and that you should read the Guidance Notes for RDP Applicants carefully before you consider submitting an application.
- 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. Please refer to the Guidance Notes for RDP Applicants for specifics of the required certification. Please note that applications which should include an IELTS (or equivalent) certificate cannot be assessed if they are submitted without it.
- 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.
- There are two deadlines for submission of applications. They are 1st June for September intake; and 1st October for January intake.
- Your application will consist of (up to) six elements: (1) an outline research proposal; (2) a summary CV; (3) certified copies of all degree certificates; (4) copy of English Language certification (if required); (5) for proposals engaging in practical elements, a portfolio of your creative practice; (6) the Trinity Laban RDP application form.
Find information about the Trinity Laban PhD Scholarship here.
The MPhil and PhD programmes are led by:
Dr Clark welcomes informal enquiries relating to any aspect of potential postgraduate level research at Trinity Laban. If you are considering contacting him or submitting a formal application, please read the Guidance Notes for RDP Applicants before you do so. The Guidance gives detailed information on the above and many additional aspects of the Research Degree Programme and the application process.
The links in the drop-down box at the top right of this page give detailed information about the programme and the applications procedure, including funding.