Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Course type
MPhil, PhD
4 years (full time) / 7 years (part time)
Organisation Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Research Degree Programme: MPhil/PhD in Dance/Music/Collaborative Arts

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

The Research Degree Programme leads to one of the following awards:

  • 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

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, and recently to REF2021.

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