PhD / MPhil

Research Degrees in Performance Practice or Composition 

The Academy’s research degrees are aimed at performers and composers who already have highly developed skills and focused career aspirations. You will work with an individual supervisor and a team of creative staff at the Academy to develop your work through engaging in a substantial research project. This will normally be directly connected to and driven by creative activity as a performer or composer but will also require a critical context and critical reflection.

The Academy offers two-year MPhil and three-year PhD degree. MPhil students will normally 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 Research Degrees Board and your supervisor.

Read more about our PhD students and the Academy’s unique research culture

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