Research Programmes

Research at the Academy is centred on the interaction of performers, composers and scholars. 

The world-leading quality of research at the Academy was recognised in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, where the Academy was rated highest of the UK music conservatoires in terms of research quality. 

The Academy offers two-year MPhil and three-year PhD awards. Offered as awards of the University of London, both programmes ensure their distinctiveness by demanding the same high standards from our students, as with all other Academy degrees: of students reflecting the highest possible practical standards. 

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Please contact Neil Heyde,, if you have any questions about the research degree programme.

See also:
Performance, the central driving force behind all Academy studies
Regent Scholarship Scheme

Professor Neil Heyde

Head of Research Programmes: Professor Neil Heyde

Cellist, researcher, editor and lecturer

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