Pursue your creative and intellectual passions with our MPhil/PhD research degrees.

Our research degrees are aimed at performers and composers with highly developed skills and focused career aspirations.

You will work with a supervisor and a team of creative staff on a substantial research project. This will normally be driven by your activity as a performer or composer, but will also require critical context and reflection.

The Academy offers an integrated PhD degree over four years, although students can exit with an MPhil after two years. MPhil students will usually apply to transfer to PhD in their second year of study. For both MPhil and PhD, you will be allocated 30 hours of supervision per year. You may apply for a further year to complete or write up your portfolio or dissertation at a reduced rate. Supervision hours are divided between academic and practical supervision, as negotiated with the Postgraduate Programmes Board and your supervisor.


Go to the Research course pages to find up-to-date audition information for your area of study.

The Academy is a community of collaborators. We encourage creative interaction between students and staff, between performers, composers, instrument makers, scholars and practitioners in other art forms, and between the Academy and the wider world. We support projects that strike new ground in musical practices, engage with new audiences, re-evaluate and build on musical traditions, and have an impact in the wider world. The outcomes of our research take many different forms, including compositions, performance materials, public performances, new instrumental technologies, recordings, broadcasts, websites, and other types of public advocacy for innovative practice, as well as books and scholarly articles.

'I’ve had space to experiment with my own projects, while also developing as a composer within a community of thoughtful and creative musicians'
PhD student

Our research culture also draws on our globally significant collection of musical artefacts, including fine stringed instruments ranging from Cremonese masterpieces to examples by today’s leading makers, historic keyboard instruments, musical iconography, composers’ manuscripts, and a wide range of performance materials annotated by iconic 19th- and 20th-century performers.

Open Days 2021

Our Virtual Open Days are back again in September. Find full details on the Research Open Days Hub.