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Guildhall School of Music & Drama: Doctoral Programme DMus / PhD

InstitutionGuildhall School of Music & Drama View institution profile
Department Research
Telephone 020 7628 2571 (5104)
Study type Research


The Guildhall School's doctoral programme is a unique and distinctive research programme which supports a very wide range of research projects.

Students on the programme include those who seek to integrate historical, theoretical, sociological, psychological or philosophical perspectives of music or drama into their work; those who wish to research aspects of arts pedagogy, institutions and their impact on society; and those who wish to undertake research in composition, drama or music therapy. As a world-leading conservatoire we are especially well equipped to supervise research grounded in practice.

Students undertaking doctoral work at Guildhall can benefit from the School’s performing resources, well-established cultural partnerships, and the extensive expertise of the School’s staff in creating and realising new work. Each student on the doctoral programme is allocated a supervisory team, made up of at least two members of staff, sometimes more, who have the appropriate combination of academic and artistic expertise to support fully the development of the individual student’s doctoral research. Doctoral students are also supported by a thorough and comprehensive research training programme.

The doctoral programme will normally be completed after three years of full-time research, followed by either a one-year period of ‘writing-up’ or a further year of supervision. The programme is also available on a part-time basis.


Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of musiciansactors and production artists in the heart of the City of London.

Ranked as the top UK conservatoire in the Guardian music and drama league tables, we deliver world-class professional training in partnership with distinguished artists, companies and ensembles. 

A global leader in creative and professional practice, we promote innovation, experiment and research, and are also one of the UK’s leading providers of lifelong learning in the performing arts, offering inspiring training for children, young people, adult learners, and creative and business professionals. …

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