Research course

Theatre and Performance

Anglia Ruskin University · Department of Music and Performing Arts

Entry requirements

MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area. PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

Months of entry

January, September, June, April

Course content

Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in theatre and performance, supported by the expertise of our staff.

At Anglia Ruskin, our research focuses on twentieth-century, contemporary and experimental performance, interrogating both theatre-making processes and performance outcomes. It covers a broad spectrum of performance forms, including text-based theatre work; interdisciplinary and collaborative performance, involving such aspects as digital media, interculturalism, medicine, dance, physicality and music; devising and directing strategies; critical theory; and live art practice.

The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. You’ll benefit from a variety of research-oriented events, including our Faculty and Departmental research seminar series, performance events and international conferences.

We also enjoy links with the wider community, including local arts venues like The Junction, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Kettle's Yard; the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); and various NHS health providers.

Department specialisms

contemporary theatre practice & critical theory; live art; performance and Interdisciplinary arts practice; medical discourse and performance, directing; intercultural performance; digital performance; Antonin Artaud; performance theory; intercultural theatre, twentieth-century drama and literature; Samuel Beckett's plays and prose; postmodernism in performance, drama and literature; critical theory.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
24 months
part time
64 months

Course contact details

Anglia Ruskin Applicant Enquiries
01245 493131 (UK enquirers), +44 1245 493131 (Overseas enquirers)