Research course


Loughborough University · School of the Arts, English and Drama

Entry requirements

A good undergraduate degree (typically 2:1 or above) and master’s level qualification, or equivalent experience, is expected.

IELTS: overall 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each component.

Months of entry

January, October, July, April

Course content

The School of the Arts, English and Drama is a thriving research community with a proven record for both creative and scholarly outputs of international excellence in the fields of the arts in the broadest sense of that term: visual, literary and performative.

Our research takes place both through individual scholarship and in collaboration with research partners across the UK and the world, and we investigate new directions in both the creation and the analysis of a wide range of cultural forms.

Our unique range of research opportunities encompass art, design, history, theory, theatre, performance, post-medieval literature, publishing, linguistics studies, and creative writing, including theatre, fiction and poetry.

Our research programme is versatile and can be purely theoretical or a practice-led interrogation of creative processes and their outcomes.

We are particularly interested in research that includes reflection within and across the boundaries of our disciplines, and encourage projects which have the potential to make a substantive contribution to the academic and social/economic impact of our research.

Our research includes conceptual research leading to published outcomes and applied research leading to industrial and commercial applications and/or professional and public commissions.

We are also committed to knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange projects. We use our research strengths to form links with the creative industries, developing the entrepreneurial side of our activities, and fostering a range of productive and effective knowledge transfer partnerships.

Who you'll be working with

A thriving interdisciplinary research community, staff in the School of the Arts, English and Drama participate in internationally recognised creative and scholarly research across the visual, literary and performative arts. We continually seek to explore new directions in the creation and analysis of diverse cultural forms through individual scholarship and national and global partnerships.

Department specialisms

Early Modern Gendered Lives Politicized Practice Theatre and Performance

Qualification and course duration


part time
48 months
full time
24 months


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44(0)1509 223379