Research course

Drama and Theatre Studies

Royal Holloway, University of London · Department of Drama and Theatre

Entry requirements

A first class or good second class humanities degree is the normal entry requirement. Mature students with professional theatre experience are also welcomed. It is usual to commence in September, but it is possible to start at the beginning of any term. Part-time students are treated in exactly the same way as full-time students for all practical purposes; it is merely assumed that they will proceed at a slower pace. Students are normally registered for an MPhil in the first instance, and then upgraded when appropriate.

Months of entry


Course content

Royal Holloway has one of the leading departments of Drama, Theatre and Dance in the UK with an international reputation for the excellence of its research. We have a lively and diverse community of researchers at all stages in their careers. All of our academic members of staff are active researchers, working at the cutting edge of research in many different aspects of drama, theatre and performance studies. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 86% of our research was judged world-leading or international in quality.

Department specialisms

Applied and Participatory Theatre; Contemporary Theatre; Performance Practices; Theatre History; Transnational Performance

Information for international students

Language proficiency in English essential.

Fees and funding

Some scholarships offered, though competition is strong. The Arts and Humanities Research Board prefers to fund postgraduates who undertake preliminary training for research, and students seeking such funding are advised to take the MA(Research) in the first instance. Students following this course have an excellent record in obtaining further funding.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Prof Richard Allen Cave
01784 414399