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.

Composers and performers are expected to be at an advanced stage of creative practice at the point of application, and be able to formulate their own creative research questions and work with autonomy and independence. Candidates must possess a strong sense of reflexivity coupled with the ability to devise and refine a distinctive research strategy, and have demonstrable experience in research.

Applicants for the Drama PhD are expected to have a Master’s degree relating to theatre or a Master’s degree in any subject and evidence of relevant professional theatre activity before commencing the Drama MPhil/PhD programme.

Applicants for the Music Therapy PhD are expected to have significant previous engagement with music at master’s-level or equivalent professional experience. In addition, if the research proposal includes the candidate delivering music therapy clinical work themselves as part of the PhD, the candidate should be fully qualified and registered by the HCPC. If the research proposal relates to music therapy practices but does not involve delivering clinical work, then the candidate must have a master’s-level Music Therapy qualification.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as their first language and who do not hold a degree from a majority English-speaking country should have achieved a minimum overall score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic Training examination with no individual component score below 6.0 (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Details about tuition fees and other course-related costs can be found on our Fees and Funding page.

Programme details

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How to apply

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