Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Course Introduction

Introduction

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance offers the research degrees of MPhil and PhD, validated by City, University of London.

All programmes are research degrees, which include shared elements, such as induction, research skills training and occasional seminars, but mainly focus on regular one-to-one supervisions with two allocated members of Trinity Laban staff or one member of Trinity Laban staff and one supervisor from another institution. 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 utilize archive resources at Trinity Laban are also admissible under this option.

Trinity Laban supports a wide range of research based activity, including choreography, composition, sound-art, music/dance performance, dance theatre, scenography, music/dance science, as well as encouraging collaborative work, for example between music and dance, film or technology. Some researchers pursue interdisciplinary work, combining practice with theoretical perspectives, for example looking at the cultural context of the creation and performance of work, or education and pedagogically based work. Practitioners/researchers from Trinity Laban are developing innovative, collaborative projects which aim to push the boundaries of the art forms and promote the development of new artistic media.

Recent research by Trinity Laban staff has been funded by awards from The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, and Arts Council England. An ambitious boost to research activity within the institution introduced a number of appointments at Reader and Professor level which led to the institution submitting to the REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework), the first such submission for Trinity Laban.

Course Details

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,200 Home Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £6,200 European Fees
4 years
Full Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £13,550 Overseas Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,650 Home Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £3,650 European Fees
7 years
Part Time
Doctor of Philosophy - PhD £8,050 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Applicants for the programme should have a good Honours degree in a relevant subject and, preferably, a Master's qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Applicants from overseas must also have sufficient command of English to study at doctoral level: equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 or above in each element. Please note that applications which should include an IELTS (or equivalent) certificate cannot be assessed if they are submitted without it.