Guildhall School invites applications to its doctoral programme, which has a distinct focus on research in, through and for the performing arts. Ranked as the UK's top conservatoire in the Guardian University Guide 2019 for Music and rated Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research.
We support doctoral research across a range of subjects relating to music and theatre: we welcome practice-research in music composition, music performance, opera-making, theatre-making, music therapy and socially-engaged arts practices; as well as investigations of the performing arts through historical, cultural, ethnographic, pedagogical and other perspectives.
Students across these disciplines and subject areas study together on our specialist research training programme which creates opportunities for fruitful exchange and mutual support. Our supervisors include leading researchers and practitioners across a range of disciplines.
Our Open Days provide an informal introduction from the doctoral programme leader and current students, opportunities to ask questions and proposal-writing workshops.
Wellcome Trust doctoral studentship
Guildhall School offers to host outstanding researchers wishing to apply to this four-year Wellcome Trust scheme for humanities research into issues of health. The scheme offers full fee waiver, an annual stipend starting at £22,278 and generous research and travel expenses. We can offer supervisory expertise in theatre and the medical humanities and music therapy. To be considered for this please send a draft proposal as soon as possible, and no later than 15 January 2020. Prospective applications should attend the open evening on 10 December if at all possible.
Successful applicants to our doctoral programme are eligible to apply for fee scholarship, awarded on the basis of merit and/or financial need. Typically, a scholarship for a full-time home student would be £1,200 per academic year.
Partial fee scholarships available