Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
Evidence of a competent level of professional expertise in one or more contexts relevant to applied theatre (arts, education, criminal justice, health, museums and heritage sites, children/youth/community work, international development). Professional experience must be equivalent to at least 36 months continuous employment.
The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.
Months of entry
This pioneering doctoral programme is specifically designed for people working in applied theatre who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice. The structure of the programme is devised to enable you to develop your career whilst simultaneously undertaking a research project that leads to a doctoral qualification.
The PhD Applied Theatre is one of a suite of professional practice-focused Doctorates overseen by the University's Institute of Cultural Practices that aim to engage experienced professionals in advanced research. It aims to engage experienced professionals in advanced research, and reflects the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. The programme takes explicit account of the professional practice-base of the student, integrating this as a central knowledge base for the research project, and supporting the development of dynamic knowledge outcomes that can have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts.
The programme supports the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which theatre practitioners operate. The programme introduces students to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice.
Information for international students
Students whose first language is not English require:
an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component
a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test
a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component.
Fees and funding
The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.
Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:
- Research Impact Scholarships in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.
- AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- President's Doctoral Scholar (PDS) Awards in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures 2018-19
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures PhD Studentships 2018-19
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
- +44 (0) 161 275 3559