Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Course Introduction

The Guildhall School?s doctoral programme has a distinctive focus on research in, through and for the performing arts. Our research students are often established artists or pedagogues in the fields of music or theatre, exploring their own practice in ways that reflect wider questions in creative practice and scholarship. As a world-leading conservatoire, we are well equipped to support research projects that integrate creative practice with scholarly enquiry. We consider projects that align with subjects offered within the Guildhall?s range of taught programmes, or with additional areas of staff expertise. Students across these disciplines and subject areas study together, creating opportunities for fruitful exchange and mutual support. What also unites our doctoral research at the Guildhall is a commitment to exploring the role of the music or theatre practitioner in society, and the personal, social, ethical and political impact and implications of performing arts practice.

Start Date:

The duration includes 3 years research and 1 year writing up/supervision.. The duration includes (6 years research and then 1 year writing up full-time (total 7 yrs) or 2 years writing up part-time (total 8 years part-time)..

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £6,219 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £6,219 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £14,120 Overseas Fees
8 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £3,730 Home Fees
8 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £3,730 European Fees
8 years
Part Time
Dmus/MusD - Doctor of Music £8,490 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have obtained a MMus or equivalent Master?s degree in addition to a BA (Hons) degree in Music (upper 2nd or 1st class). Applicants without these qualifications will be assessed on the basis of their prior academic and professional experience. Applicants who do not speak English as their first language and who do not hold a degree from a majority English-speaking country should have achieved a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic Training examination with no individual component score below 6.0 (or equivalent). Applicants who are not native speakers of English should have achieved a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic Training examination with no individual component score below 6.0 (or equivalent).