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 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.

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 Applicants for specifics of the required certification. 

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

Dr Clark welcomes informal queries relating to any aspect of potential postgraduate level research at Trinity Laban. Please make sure you have read the Guidance Notes for Applicants if you are interested in enquiring about the Research Degree Programmes.

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. 

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All programmes are available in full-time or part-time modes of study to home and EU students; overseas students can usually study full-time only.  Students can opt to begin their studies via two separate intakes a year, one in January, and one in September. The deadlines for these intakes are 1 October, and 1 June respectively. A pathway for PhD by publication is also available.

Candidates wishing to undertake the RDP must have one of the following minimum qualifications before considering applying for admission to the programme:

  • An Honours degree in a related field (either 1st class or upper 2nd class) from a UK institution or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standing obtained after a course of study extending over not less than three years in a higher education institution, and in a subject appropriate to the proposed research project.
  • A Taught Postgraduate degree in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed.
  • A professional or other qualification obtained by examination and approved by Trinity Laban as an appropriate entrance qualification for the MPhil/PhD degree in question.
  • Appropriate professional experience and a demonstrable reputation (as attested by suitably qualified referees) in the nominated area.
  • Applicants possessing alternative qualifications or relevant experience may also be considered.

For students whose first language is not English, an IELTS minimum score of 7.0 or equivalent in each element with certification attained no more than two years prior to application is mandatory. Such an application is incomplete without certification and cannot be assessed. Candidates with the required English qualification may be asked to provide additional evidence of proficiency in English.

For further details concerning the programme and the applications procedure, please download the Guidance Notes for Applicants which also gives information on funding.

In addition please see the Trinity Laban Research Degree Programme Handbook

Download City University London's Guide for Research Students for information on the rules and regulations governing all awards, as well as practical information on word counts and types of submission.

The MPhil and PhD programmes are led by Dr. Jonathan Clark, Head of Research, (Tel:+44 (0)20 8469 9545, email: Dr Clark welcomes informal queries relating to any aspect of potential postgraduate level research at Trinity Laban.

Click here to download an application form

Please refer to the documents within Programme Specification for application guidance and further information.

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