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Research Degrees

Course Description

Following validation from City University London, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance offers a full range of research degrees at MPhil and PhD level.

The courses we offer are:

* MPhil/PhD in Creative Practice: [Dance / Music / Collaborative Arts]
* MPhil/PhD in [Dance +/or Music] Science
* MPhil/PhD in [Dance +/or Music] Pedagogy

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.

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.

The remaining awards are available for those specializing in empirical approaches to topics in music and 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 all degrees 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.

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 staff, 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.

Progression Routes

An MPhil or PhD from Trinity Laban opens the doors for further study, research and teaching within the field.

Visit the Research Degrees page on the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance website for more details!

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Verity Quade, Vocalist

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Amir Mahyar Tafreshipour, Composer

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Adam Waldmann, Saxophone

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George–Emmanuel Lazaridis, Piano

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Samuel Burstin, Viola

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Fiona Kelly, Flute

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Dylan Crossman

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Nicola Conibere

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Luca Silvestrini

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Rosalie Wahlfrid

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Entry Requirements

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.

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