The Academy’s two-year MPhil and three-year PhD research degrees are aimed at performers and composers who already have highly developed skills and focused career aspirations.

Students work with an individual supervisor and a team of creative staff at the Academy to develop their 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.

Deputy Principal (Programmes and Research):
Timothy Jones MA, DPhil, LTCL

Head of Postgraduate Programmes:
Neil Heyde BMus, MMus, PhD, LMusA, Hon ARAM

Our Research Staff and Fellows

Research at the Academy is centered on the interaction of performers, composers and scholars. Find out more...

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. 

How to apply

For Research Degree applications, please print and complete the PDF application form. The closing date for receipt of applications is on our Application Dates page. The form contains guidance notes and reference forms.

Applications for the Research Degree Programmes are dealt with in two stages. Firstly they are subject to an initial assessment by the entry panel. If your application passes this stage, you will be invited to attend for interview in London.

External Researchers

If you wish to invite students to participate (in a private capacity) in your project, you are free to issue such invitations through the Academy’s Students’ Union. The Academy cannot act as a broker between external researchers and students.