VC’s PhD Scholarships at the London College of Music, UWL

The London College of Music, UWL welcomes applicants for our full-time Vice Chancellor’s PhD scholarships, which are open to all UK students (including EU students with settled status) who qualify and include:

  • Waiver of UK PhD tuition fees
  • Payment of a tax-free stipend of £15,000 per annum.

PhD scholars carry out teaching duties for a maximum of six hours per week. Scholarships are for three years (subject to satisfactory performance and academic progress).

You can apply for one of our Vice-Chancellor’s PhD scholarships as part of your PhD application – please state on the application form that you would like to apply for the Vice-Chancellors Scholarship. Deadline 6th December 2021

In addition to the specialisms listed below we have some calls for targeted projects:

The targeted projects are as follows:

Hip Hop Pedagogy (supervision TBC)

UWL is introducing a new hip hop course in September 2022 based on immersive learning through a community of practice. We are looking for a practice-led PhD student who would use the process of establishing and running an extra-curricular community for a study involving the university’s London Noise record label (in collaboration with Sony Records), the student union and other industry partners. The ideal candidate would be a hip hop practitioner.

London Noise Record Label – Immersive Pedagogy (Dr Kristina KelmanDr Dan Pratt)

In conjunction with UWL’s London Noise record label (in collaboration with Sony Records), we are establishing a more inclusive label, run by undergraduate students, which will work with school sixth forms and further education colleges to develop new up-and-coming artists. This PhD student would document and analyse the process whereby the staff and students engaged with the label develop their knowledge and understanding of this community of practice. The student’s primary supervisor would be Dr Kristina Kelman who has recently been conducting similar research in Australia.

Practical Musicology Methods (Prof. Simon Zagorski-Thomas)

As part of his work with the 21st Century Music Practice network and his forthcoming monograph on Practical Musicology, Simon Zagorski-Thomas is looking for one or more PhD students to use their own practice research as a vehicle for a doctorate exploring the methods of documenting and representing tacit knowledge and the explicit incorporation of developing their musical aesthetic into that process.

Please feel free to contact potential supervisors directly via email to discuss the details of your proposal before submission. General enquiries about the scholarships can be addressed to