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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Surrey

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN-22, APR-22, JUL-22, OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Why choose this programme

Surrey provides Dance PhD students with a supportive and collegiate research experience within our conservatoire, the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).

Our research, which encompasses traditional and practice-based forms, addresses performance in history and contemporary culture. It ranges from Shakespeare to performance philosophy and includes:

  • work in theatre history
  • contemporary dance
  • performance and the nonhuman
  • actor training
  • musical theatre
  • performance and cognitive science
  • mental health and disability arts.

You will benefit from first-class conservatoire facilities including: a 200-seat theatre, 15 rehearsal studios, six performance studios, an art gallery, a design studio, digital media labs, and high-quality recording facilities. The University Library also hosts the long-standing and internationally renowned National Resource Centre for Dance.

We’re also part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s TECHNE doctoral training partnership, which offers funding and a fully formed training programme for academic, professional and early-career development.

What you will study

GSA’s research activity at Surrey includes access to our two research centres:

  • The Centre for Performance Philosophy
  • The Surrey Shakespeare Centre.

PhD researchers on all programmes at GSA can expect three levels of research training and support:

  • University-level training provided by the Researcher Development Programme and the University Library, including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led University postgraduate conference.
  • School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, visiting speaker events and conferences. This includes events supporting the Centre for Performance Philosophy and the Surrey Shakespeare Centre.
  • PhD researchers also receive subject-specific feedback at our biannual GSA postgraduate research symposium, that allows you to share and develop ideas in a supportive environment.

Assessment

Your final assessment will be based on the presentation of your research in a written thesis, which will be discussed in a viva examination with at least two examiners. You have the option of preparing your thesis as a monograph (one large volume in chapter form) or in publication format (including chapters written for publication), subject to the approval of your supervisors.

Application deadline

22 November 2021, 31 January 2022, 20 May 2022, 22 July 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,600per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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University of Surrey

  • University League Table

    35th

  • Campus address

    University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, England

The University of Surrey has over 140 nationalities in its international community.
35% of the university’s student population is from outside the UK.
Surrey has over 90 university partners across the globe.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    5th out of 103 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    161 85%

    8th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    74.0 74%

    4th

    26
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%

    68th

    33

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