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PhD Drama and Performance (Practice as Research)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    East 15 Acting School, Loughton

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    17-JAN-22, 25-APR-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Undertaking PhD study gives you the opportunity to engage with an area of drama, theatre, or performance in depth and at an advanced level. East 15 Acting School, with its growing research profile and internationally recognised research quality is an obvious home for such research.

At East 15, research degree students will undertake one of two paths of enquiry. The PhD in Drama and Performance is a conventional PhD whereby candidates are assessed via thesis and viva voce examination. For the PhD Drama and Performance (Practice-as-Research) course, candidates are assessed via practice-as-research, a thesis that contextualises and analyses the performance practice in relation to the research topic, and a viva voce examination. For guidance, areas of expected practice include theatre directing, dramaturgy, actor training, design (scenery, sound, lighting, costume), and performance art.

Teaching

During the first year of their PhD programme, candidates will be expected to undertake required skills training and to develop an in-depth plan and timetable for undertaking their research within a three-year period. Students will start to collect research material, define their methodology, and be able to contextualise their research in relation to existing literature and practice.

Before entry into the second year, candidates will have a Confirmation Board, which reviews the candidate’s progress and determines whether the quality of research is at PhD level. After the student’s candidature is confirmed, they will continue to undertake the body of their research investigation. In the third-year, students should be working to complete all elements of their submission.

Application deadline

17 September 2021

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 16,230per year

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

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
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The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    3rd out of 103 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    169 89%

    4th

    73
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    18th

    16
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.43 89%

    4th

    2

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