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Course options

  • Qualification

    MPhil - Master of Philosophy

  • Location

    Brunel University London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

About the course

Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline.

MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.

Research profile

Theatre research programme at Brunel University London benefits from a dedicated performance centre, sitting at the heart of our creative community and housing a fully equipped main theatre and studio theatre as well as rehearsal and recording studios. Our proximity to central London allows you to engage with an exciting range of performance practices and venues as well.

Theatre embraces an expanding research environment which advances a transdisciplinary vision connecting artistic performance, dance, spoken, physical and musical theatre, playwriting, digital art, and performance design, along with critical cultural performance and postcolonial studies.

Research areas

The Theatre team's research activities are organised around several key areas of contemporary performance and involves staff participation in a number of high profile research grant projects:

Physical theatre/dance, embodiment and performative relations with experimental poetry and writing practice
Performances of the body and experimental performance, interconnecting theatre and performance studies, anthropology, sociology, and gender studies
Intersections of bodies, cultures and identities in intercultural performance (including dance, critical race theory and contemporary South Asian dance)
The use of the voice in writing and experimental writing by women
Street theatre, British alternative theatre history, musical theatre, and intersections of gender and sexuality
Commemorative practices, spectatorship and public performance of collective identity in times of social change
Digital performance and digital cultures, and the intersections of interactive media technologies with immersive performance, wearable design, and digital scenographies
Neuroaesthetics and the aesthetic potential of digitized technology for performance (artificial intelligence, motion capture, 3D modeling and animation, biotechnology).

Careers and your future

Paid work available to research students

Undertaking teaching and learning support duties represents an important professional and career development opportunity for postgraduate research students. Brunel offers two levels of paid work available to Postgraduate Research students. The first level post is as a Demonstrator and the second level post is as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Teaching and learning support duties will vary between Departments and research students should not rely on such opportunities being available.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
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£ 17,355per 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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Brunel University London

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Brunel University London, Kingston Lane, Uxbridge, Hillingdon, UB8 3PH, England

All new international students have guaranteed campus accommodation.
Pre-sessional English courses provide students with intensive English language training before the start of their academic studies.
Brunel offers more than 100 scholarships every year to help international students pay their fees and living costs.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    58th out of 102 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    127 66%

    47th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    49 49%

    78th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.93 79%

    76th

    13

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