Research course

Research Degree Programme

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance · Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Entry requirements

Candidates wishing to undertake the RDP must have one of the following minimum qualifications before considering applying for admission to the programme. Visit our website:

- 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

Months of entry


Course content

Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance offers research degrees of MPhil and PhD.

The Research Degree Programme leads to award in one of the following:

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

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 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 utilise archive resources at Trinity Laban are also admissible under this option.

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.

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 the Research Degree Programme 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.

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.

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, and, if necessary, how the resources of the institution will be utilised.

Information for international students

Students from 40 countries currently study at Laban. Our worldwide reputation is founded on the success of our students and we are proud to play a vital part in developing the global dance community. Candidates will need to provide evidence of English language ability.

Qualification and course duration


part time
min. 36 months
full time
min. 24 months


full time
min. 12 months
part time
min. 24 months

Course contact details

Dr Jonathan Owen Clark
+44 (0)20 8469 9545