Research course

MPhil/PhD Research Degree Programme in collaboration with the University of East London

Rose Bruford College

Visit the institution website for COVID‑19 updates

Entry requirements

Applicants for PhD via MPhil should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. We are also enthusiastic to hear from applicants who, despite not having the above formal degrees, are advanced arts practitioners from across the theatre and creative industries. Please be in touch to discuss whether your experience as a practitioner might be applicable in this way.

The minimum language requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

  • Research a thesis based on a topic of your own choosing
  • Develop high-level research skills supported by specialist academic tutors
  • Combine both practice-based and theoretical research areas
  • Access the resources and expertise of both a large multi-faculty university and a small specialist institution
  • Develop your academic writing and presentation skills and be supported in presenting your work through conferences, publication and performance

We encourage applications for practice-based research. You should identify your area of research and submit a research proposal to Rose Bruford College (RBC). If we are able to support your research, you will then be required to make a formal application via the University of East London (UEL) website. Upon registration, you will be assigned a primary and secondary supervisor who will guide your research. You will be assigned a supervisor from both RBC and UEL.

You will be registered with UEL and will receive a UEL degree. You will have access to the facilities of both RBC and UEL.

All students register for an MPhil degree in the first instance and then can upgrade to a PhD upon satisfactory progress.

You may register on this programme as either a part-time or full-time student. Most MPhill students would expect to upgrade to PhD registration within 18 to 24 months. Completion of the PhD would be expected to take on average 3 years (full-time) and 5 to 6 years (part-time).

To complete your PhD, you will be required to write an 80,000-word thesis (or equivalent if you are submitting practice-based elements), summarising your research. You will then undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.

Fees and funding

UK students
Full time £5420
International students
Full time £14460

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nicola Sainsbury