Research Scholar Programme

The Research Scholar Programme allows access to education and research beyond Postgraduate level. It is ideal for our alumni and other Master’s level students who still wish to engage with research. Many MA students do not have the time or commitment to undertake a PhD, but they enjoy the process of study and research. Our 30 credit standalone research module is geared towards the practitioner who wishes to deepen their practice. Within a framework of support, we aim to foster a community of practitioners who develop relevant, rigorous practitioner research with a view to publication.

Within this project, you will:

  1. Research an area of your choice
  2. Gain ethical approval by a University ethics panel enabling publication
  3. Access the University of Wales Trinity St David online library and student services for the duration of the project
  4. Access our Research Special Interest groups that run throughout the year
  5. Access the Voice Study Centre video collection and short courses ran throughout the year. These sessions are delivered by leading specialists from all over the world and we host on average one per week. If you were to pay for these events, they would cost £30 each.
  6. Work towards a publication opportunity
  7. Gain 30 credits that can either standalone OR transfer onto a full award. A PGCert is 60 credits, and you can either add it to a PGCert in Voice Pedagogy or enrol onto a generic Professional Practice award.

The Work-Based Learning Project takes a traditional research project format with the additional requirement of direct application to your professional practice. The research report is as follows:

A) Research Proposal
B) Report – Context, Literature Review, Result Findings, Analysis, and Conclusion

You may research any area of your choice subject to ethical clearance. It will consist of:

One month – exploration and ethics form completion

You will be granted one month to read and consider ideas for reading, and during this time, you will complete the ethics form.

One month – ethics form decision

During this month, you will read around the subject and sketch out a preliminary proposal.

Four months – Report completion

The total research report word count is 7,200 words consisting of a brief research proposal and report. You will be given four months to complete the project, and the time will begin after ethical approval is granted.

12 minute presentation to a live audience

This will take place online to two examiners and a live audience if you wish

Publication preparation – 3 months

The report may need to be adapted depending on the publication. The VSR is in the first person, but other journals will require the third person. In total, you will be with the Voice Study Centre for nine months. The preparation time will take place after you have submitted the research report.


How much supervision will there be?

You will be assigned a tutor to supervise you, and for a 30 credit module, we recommend between four and six supervisions. We will also draft mark one complete draft before submission.

What if I have no understanding of research methods?

You can undertake another 15 credit research methods module, but we recommend that you enrol onto a complete award if you have no grounding in research methods. For those with a grounding, they will be able to view a refresher course.

Can I do quantitative or qualitative, or mixed methods?

You can do either, but it depends on your level of proficiency. We advise you to treat quantitative research with the respect that it deserves. We often have students undertake it

Where will the research take place?

Usually, it will take place within your practice.

Will I have access to a voice lab?

These do not exist within the UK, but you are welcome to use one if you have access. We have had students collaborate with ENT, and the willingness of ENT to collaborate has depended on the topic of research and the professional background of the research student. If you are an SLT or an SLP, you may well be part of a voice clinic team enabling collaboration. You will also need to consider the additional need for NHS clearance or equivalent if your research relates to a clinic in any way.

How much freedom do I have when I choose my project?

Ethical boundaries will need to be carefully considered, and the ethics board is an independent process. Some projects challenge ethics to a greater degree than others and are more likely to be rejected. Although the decision rests with the university, we have a moral duty to advise the board of industry expectations. Here is our guidance:

Singing for Health – Projects that have passed through ethics have often been conducted within a multi-disciplinary team with appropriate supervision. The singing for health aspect has to remain within the boundary of being a singing leader/tutor. Awareness of the audience is permissible and considered sound practice but crossing the boundary into music therapy is not advised and we will advise the ethics panel to reject the application. A joint project with a Music therapist would is potentially permissible, provided sufficient details are provided as to each practitioner’s location, input, and role.
Vocal Rehabilitation –  SLTs and SLPs have clinical status to carry out this work but may not have the knowledge of the singing voice. We will ask you to declare your training as part of the ethics process as many SLTs/SLPs supplement their training extensively as part of their CPD requirements. We would advise you to attach any relevant CPD to your ethics application.
Singing teachers who work within this area must form part of a multi-disciplinary team and will need NHS clearance
We will advise the ethics board to reject an application where a singing teacher rehabilitation coach works within their private practice. Those within an interest in this area may address industry-wide questions and interview specialists to deepen knowledge. You may also conduct a desktop review or analyse pertinent grey literature related to this area.
Coaching and Mentoring projects will need to adhere to industry codes of practice and be aware of the therapeutic boundary

What is the time commitment?

Students will usually spend approximately 8 hours per week working on their projects

Will I be classed as a full-time or part-time student?

You will be classed as a part-time student

Will I be eligible for a student loan?


Can I carry onto the MA if I want to do so?


Can I transfer the credit to another UK university or add it onto an MA at a later date?

You can enrol onto a full award (PGCert, PGDip or MA) within 5 years of receiving your credit or use it towards an MA elsewhere, providing you enrol on a compatible pathway. This process is known as an RPL process and universities will usually examine the learning outcomes for compatibility.

Will I have access to student services?

Yes – you will have access to all student services and the online library

Application deadline: March 31st – Start day May 1st
  • May 1st – June 1st – Project ideas and ethics completion
  • June 1st – July 1st – Await ethic panel decision
  • August 1st – December 1st – Project completion. We recommend submitting the proposal within two weeks
  • Presentation – The presentation must take place before the final deadline
Please note that these are preliminary dates and may change.


UK Students –   £1,500 (inclusive of UWTSD fees) (VAT inclusive)

International –   £1,800 (inclusive of UWTSD fees)


UWTSD fees £450 –  these will be invoiced separately by UWTSD as part of the enrolment process with them.

You must have completed a module in research methods and hold a Postgraduate qualification.


Our MA programme is moderated and accredited by our academic partner, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Applicants will therefore go through a two-stage application process, with the first tier of application through the Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop) and the second tier of application through the University.

As part of the application process, you will meet with a Course Tutor for an interview. This is an excellent way for you to find out more about the programme and discuss your background and interests with one of our tutors. During this interview, a Course Tutor will assess your suitability for the programme and be able to answer any questions you may have.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Two references (one of these must be academic) available upon request.
  • A personal statement detailing your reasons for wishing to undertake this postgraduate programme of study. This should be between 500-1000 words and include your professional and academic experience, your interests, your motivation for undertaking this programme of study, and what you hope to gain for your career path and continuing professional development.
  • Copies of your highest qualification (degree certificate and transcript).
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency.

During the formal University enrolment process, International students will be asked to provide a Personal Statement, ID, qualification certificates/transcripts, academic references and proof of English language level to UWTSD. This is in line with UK Government regulations for higher education institutions. Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop) will be supporting applicants and on hand to provide advice and guidance through this second tier of their application process with the University.

Vocal Pedagogy Research Resources

International Applicants

If an applicant has:

  • Successfully completed a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, at a recognised institution based in one of the above majority English speaking countries (certificates, transcripts and/or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).
  • Successfully completed within the last five years a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution that has been certified as being taught in the medium of English (certificates, transcripts and / or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).
  • A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University.
  • One of the following English Language Test documents awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University:
IELTS (Academic) Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Minimum score of 169 or above with no lower than 162 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.
Cambridge English: Business Vantage
(BEC Vantage)
– for Business courses only.
Minimum score of 75 or above.
Cambridge English: Business Higher
(BEC Higher)
– for Business courses only
Minimum score of 60 or above
BULATS: Business Language Testing Service (online certificated version taken with certifying BULATS agents) – for Business courses only Minimum score of 65 or above.
Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE)
– for Business courses only.
Minimum score of 60 or above.
Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC)
– for Business courses only
Minimum score of 60 or above.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) C1
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) Benchmark Score of 56 with a Minimum Score of 51 in Communicative Skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Scores may fall below the Benchmark Score in the Communicative Skills by no more than the specified Minimum Score and in no more than two Communicative Skills.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Wales Academic Language Test Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ll Distinction in each component
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) lll Pass or above overall, with Passes or above in each component
International Baccalaureate Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language A or Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language B
Cambridge IGCSE Minimum Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a first language, Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a Second Language satisfy the English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate study


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