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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Laban Theatre

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21, 10-JAN-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary


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.

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 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.

Initial registration for research degree candidates is usually for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme, allowing students time to develop their research methodology and refine their topic. The projects will be assessed after an initial period, at which time transfers to the PhD programme may be considered.


All candidates present a written dissertation for examination: this may take the form of a combination of practice and/or practical documentation, in addition to a written document. Wholly written submissions, for example in music/dance science or historical projects, are also appropriate.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 14,380per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

  • Campus address

    Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9JF, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    35th out of 102 4

    30th out of 85 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    134 70%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    61 61%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 214
    115 53%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82 82%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.10 82%



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