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Theatre and Performance Studies (MPhil/PhD)

University of Warwick

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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    University of Warwick

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    OCT

  • Duration

    3 years

Course summary

The PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies offers a unique opportunity to undertake original and independent research at a leading department in its field, known for its internationalism and innovation. This degree offers the flexibility to undertake a written thesis or a combination of practice as research and written component.

Course Overview

The Theatre & Performance Studies department is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments in the discipline. Our extensive research portfolio and high-profile staff presence through editorial positions and participation in organisations such as IFTR, Psi and TaPRA, has meant that we have fostered and maintained links with national and international organisations as well as extensive academic networks.

This degree provides wide-ranging opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in the high-quality research of the department including research seminars and conferences, students working groups and an annual postgraduate symposium.

Subject to the approval of the department, candidates may submit research that has two components: a written thesis and a body of creative practice. The practice as research (PaR) component may involve performance, curation, writing for performance, translation, applied theatre projects or digital outcome.

Supervision for doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. We supervise a wide range of students from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and welcome this diversity among our student body.

Research Themes

Areas for PhD supervision

Research in the department is transnational, collaborative and interdisciplinary and is focused on the following main - but overlapping - research themes:

  • Cities, Spaces and Sustainability
  • Citizenship and Participation
  • National and Transnational Identities
  • Performance, Politics and Popular Culture
  • History, Heritage and Memory
  • Spectacle and Spectatorship

Teaching and Learning

Supervision for doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. You will also be allocated a mentor in the department to whom you may address matters related to your study.

Throughout your research you will be integrated into the theatre and performance postgraduate community, have opportunities to undertake professional skills training and be encouraged to attend events and workshops both in the department and the wider university.

Tuition fees

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£ 18,800per 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 Warwick

  • University League Table

    9th

  • Campus address

    University of Warwick, Coventry, Coventry, CV4 7AL, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    19th out of 103 16

    12th out of 105 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    140 73%

    25th

    19
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%

    34th

    19
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.63 73%

    95th

    54
  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    142 74%

    17th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65.0 65%

    13th

    4
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.01 80%

    39th

    8

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