Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research

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Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research

Guildhall School of Music and Drama Research

Research & Knowledge Exchange

Research brings students and staff together to explore fundamental questions relating to the development and impact of our artistic and professional practice in society:

  • What repertoire should we create and perform, and how should we perform it?
  • What is and will be the role of the performing arts in society and how can we help to shape their future?
  • What roles do creativity and originality play in shaping artists of the future?
  • How do performers learn and prepare for professional life?
  • How can teachers in the Conservatoire best evolve their practice and engage with research?

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Research degrees: MPhil/DMus MPhil/PhD

This programme is validated by City, University of London

The Guildhall School’s doctoral programme is a unique and distinctive research programme which supports a very wide range of research projects.

Students on the programme include those who seek to integrate historical, theoretical, sociological, psychological or philosophical perspectives of music or drama into their work; those who wish to research aspects of arts pedagogy, institutions and their impact on society; and those who wish to undertake research in composition, drama or music therapy.  As a world-leading conservatoire we are especially well equipped to supervise research grounded in practice.

Admission requirements

Applicants for a Music doctorate should normally have obtained an 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.