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Research Degrees

Introduction

Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Stephen Broad MA DPhil (Oxon)

Research degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are overseen by The Exchange, the research and knowledge exchange unit that is responsible for all matters relating to research.

The Royal Conservatoire has offered research programmes leading to the awards of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) since 2000. Following an historic agreement, research degrees undertaken at the Royal Conservatoire are validated and awarded by the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English speaking world. Research students matriculate at both the Royal Conservatoire and the University and therefore have access to the facilities of both institutions.

We have a distinctive ethos for our research programmes: as performance to the highest standards is central to all of the Royal Conservatoire’s work, our research activities are located within that context. The key elements of performance and/or creation give the Royal Conservatoire’s research profile a clear and individual identity. We offer opportunities for suitably qualified students to work towards the achievement of research degrees in appropriate areas of enquiry in both music and drama. Applications will only be successful if it is clear that the proposed research can best be undertaken within our particular context.

Our specific areas of interest for research degrees are:

  • The processes and methodologies of developing new work in the performing arts, including collaborative and devised performance
  • Musical composition, in all genres, for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media
  • Performance
  • Scottish music
  • Methodologies of specialist performance training

Information on our current students and their projects can be found on our Research Students page.

If you want further information about our research degrees, please contact doctoraladmissions@rcs.ac.uk .

Introduction

Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Stephen Broad MA DPhil (Oxon)

Research degrees at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland are overseen by The Exchange, the research and knowledge exchange unit that is responsible for all matters relating to research.

The Royal Conservatoire has offered research programmes leading to the awards of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) since 2000. Following an historic agreement, research degrees undertaken at the Royal Conservatoire are validated and awarded by the University of St Andrews, the third oldest university in the English speaking world. Research students matriculate at both the Royal Conservatoire and the University and therefore have access to the facilities of both institutions.

We have a distinctive ethos for our research programmes: as performance to the highest standards is central to all of the Royal Conservatoire’s work, our research activities are located within that context. The key elements of performance and/or creation give the Royal Conservatoire’s research profile a clear and individual identity. We offer opportunities for suitably qualified students to work towards the achievement of research degrees in appropriate areas of enquiry in both music and drama. Applications will only be successful if it is clear that the proposed research can best be undertaken within our particular context.

Our specific areas of interest for research degrees are:

  • The processes and methodologies of developing new work in the performing arts, including collaborative and devised performance
  • Musical composition, in all genres, for live, electro-acoustic and mixed media
  • Performance
  • Scottish music
  • Methodologies of specialist performance training

Information on our current students and their projects can be found on our Research Students page.

If you want further information about our research degrees, please contact doctoraladmissions@rcs.ac.uk .

Programme Outline

Research degree students do not follow a prescribed course of study, but benefit from close supervision and a range of research training that is designed to support the programme of research being undertaken, and provide wider opportunities for professional development as a researcher. In addition, an external supervisor is normally appointed to provide further support for, and an additional perspective on, your research.

Staff and masterclasses

Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange – Stephen Broad MA DPhil (Oxon)

Lecturer in Research (Drama) – Dr Anna Birch

Current supervisors

Dr Anna Birch

Dr Laura Bissell

Dr Stephen Broad

Dr Joshua Dickson

Professor Rita McAllister

Dr Alistair MacDonald

Dr Sandy McGrattan

Dr Gordon McPherson

Professor Allan Neave

Dr Oliver Searle

Ali de Souza

Information on our current students and their projects can be found here.

How to apply

We believe we are the elite in the excellence of our training, but we also believe there is no barrier to talent. Wherever you are in the world, if you feel you have the necessary talent, dedication and ambition, we encourage you to apply.

Applications for Research programmes offered by the Conservatoire are made directly to the Conservatoire.

You must read the appropriate Guide for Applicants before submitting your application. The application form and Guide for Applicants, which provides information regarding entry requirements, how to apply and the audition process and can be found here (http://www.rcs.ac.uk/studyhere/how-to-apply/research.html ).

Entry requirements

  • Normally a good Honours (at least 2.2) degree, or the attainment of a level of professional achievement equivalent to that of a good honours degree

Entrance to the Conservatoire is based on talent, potential and ability, therefore consideration will be given to relevant experience which is deemed to compensate for any traditional education. We accept a wide range of qualification, including international qualifications. If you wish to check the suitability of your qualification/experience, please contact us ( doctoraladmissions@rcs.ac.uk ).

English language

The language of study is English. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of proficiency in English. We accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Other equivalent English Language qualifications may be considered, please contact us ( doctoraladmissions@rcs.ac.uk ) for more information.

  • IELTS – 7.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component

Audition requirements

Audition requirements can be found in the Research Guide for Applicants on the following website

Fees and scholarships

Tuition fees for academic year 2015-16

  • UK/EU students – £6,747 (full-time) and £3,375 (part-time)
  • International (Non EU) – £14,838 (full-time) and £7,416 (part-time)

Scholarships

Any potential student who auditions for a place at the Royal Conservatoire will automatically be considered for a scholarship. They are awarded on a combination of talent, potential and financial need. More information about Scholarships is available here.

Sources of external funding

For more information about alternative funding sources, including external scholarships and bursaries, please visit here.

The RCS International and Student Experience team are available to advise and assist applicants and current students in respect of queries about funding your studies at RCS. Please email or telephone +44 (0)141 270 8281/ +44 (0)141 270 8223 for further information.

Graduate destinations

For some, pursuing a research degree in the performing arts is the gateway to an academic career; for others, it is a means of extending and deepening an expert professional practice. Our graduates have pursued a wide range of careers following their research studies, with many making noted contributions to the arts and education.

Facilities

Research students have access to all the facilities of the Royal Conservatoire, including rehearsal and performance spaces, technical facilities, library, collections and archives. They also have access to the facilities of St Andrews University (including the electronic resources of the University).