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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

About us

The Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance is an ideal place to undertake PhD research.

You’ll join one of the largest groups of PhD students in the UK and will be taught by academics with international reputations.

Our doctoral students often work together organising conferences, editing Platform (our in-house peer-reviewed journal for Early Career researchers), and leading research-related events and symposia.

Many of our successful doctoral students have been appointed to full time lecturing posts in a range of universities both in the UK and internationally and become highly respected practitioners in the cultural sector.

We offer supervision in a variety of fields and we welcome diverse projects.

Research facilities and environment

Royal Holloway has one of the leading departments of Drama, Theatre and Dance in the

UK, with an international reputation for the excellence of its research. There are two Research Centres in the department reflecting distinct areas of specialism - in Asian Theatre and Dance, and Contemporary British Theatre.

We have a lively and diverse community of researchers at all stages in their careers. All of our academic members of staff are active researchers, working at the cutting edge of research in many different aspects of drama, theatre and performance studies.


You will write a 100,000-word thesis on a subject agreed with your proposed supervisor, prior to Admission to the College. You will receive support from your supervisory team.

Students completing a practice-based PhD will be required to produce a substantial body of performance or creative work and a thesis of between 30,000 - 60,000 words.

The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes a Viva Voce examination.

Your future career

Recent PhD graduates now work in the following areas:

  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • University Lecturer
  • Manager of Research and Public History at a major national museum
  • Researcher at the V&A
  • Freelance theatre-maker
  • Research and evaluation for participatory arts organisation

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,400per 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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Royal Holloway, University of London

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  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 125 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    21st out of 102 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    146 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    61 61%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.96 79%



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