Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · School of English and Drama

Entry requirements

Your previous academic qualifications and other relevant experience will be taken into account when your application is assessed. While each application is assessed on its merits, applicants are normally expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (a solid 2.1 or above) and a master’s degree (usually with an average of 65 or above, preferably with elements of distinction) in fields related to your proposed area of PhD research.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Doctoral students in the Department of Drama study in one of the United Kingdom’s leading centres for performance research.

There are approximately 30 PhD students in Drama working on diverse and original research projects across a wide range of topics encompassed by our four main - but overlapping - strands of research, on cultural histories of performance, transnational performance, live art, and applied performance. We also welcome interdisciplinary projects, especially with Geography, Film, Business and Management, English, Languages, and History.

Research students in Drama study with some of the United Kingdom’s leading performance researchers. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, Drama at Queen Mary was the highest-rated Drama department in the United Kingdom.

Research students are a central part of intellectual life in Drama. They contribute significantly to our research culture and to the discipline more widely. In addition to pursuing their own scholarly projects, students organise Drama’s research seminar series Quorum, as well as symposia and conferences driven by their research interests. Students also present their research at national and international conferences, publish articles, reviews, journalism, plays, and DVDs, and perform widely at venues in the UK and internationally. Research students play an important part in Drama’s collaborations with leading arts organisations, including the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Actors’ Touring Company, the London Film Festival, LIFT, and AfroReggae.

Students are supported through individual supervision and an extensive programme of research training. All PhD students are members of the Queen Mary Doctoral College, which further advances doctoral and post-doctoral research at Queen Mary.

Department specialisms

Performance; Theatre History; Spanish Film and Theatre; Performing Sexuality; Prison Theatre; Community Theatre

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Awards, QMUL studentships.

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Qualification and course duration


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

School of English and Drama
+44 (0)20 7882 7354