Research course

Applied Theatre Professional Doctorate

The University of Manchester · Drama

Entry requirements

A Master's degree in Drama, Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre or related subject, or a Bachelors degree (First or Upper Second Class Honours).

All candidates without a Masters degree will undergo additional research training prior to or in the first year of study. Applicants must also evidence a competent level of professional expertise in a context relevant to the specific area of proposed research.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional doctorates take explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. Professional doctorates reflect the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. The programme aims to develop dynamic and interactive knowledge practices and outcomes that will have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts. It will support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex, unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which practitioners operate.

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning. This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.

Course aims

Students will receive individual supervision from an academic supervisor with a specialism related to their field of research as well as opportunities to develop reflective enquiry into practice via group-based learning exercises with other practitioners at two long residential weekends per year. All teaching and supervision will be led by applied theatre staff. This approach to teaching and learning supports interdisciplinary research and high levels of engagement and interaction between academic knowledge, policy imperatives and practical applications.

It is envisaged that this programme will be most appealing as part-time study. However, a full-time option is included as there may be applicants with special circumstances that would make full-time study a viable option.

Information for international students

If your first language is not English, you need a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 600 paper based or 250 computer based.

Fees and funding

Please visit the University website for funding information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 275 3559