Research course

Anthropology, Media and Performance

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Humanities

Entry requirements

A First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and a taught Masters degree, or their overseas equivalents. For the practice-based PhD, you must demonstrate in your application how your proposed practice will be part of your research process.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme will be jointly managed by Drama in the School of Arts Histories and Cultures, and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. It is a practice-based programme, governed by the principles laid down for the presentation of practice-based theses in the guidelines approved by the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.

After a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, students will be expected to carry out their projects on the basis of field research of a up to a year's duration. In the third year, students will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of their results in textual or other media as appropriate.

Course aims

  • To introduce students to potential interdisciplinary combinations of Anthropology, Applied Theatre/Performance Studies and Media Production so that they can produce original knowledge in one or more of these academic fields.
  • To introduce students to cutting-edge theories and self-reflexive, critical research practice in all these fields.
  • To train students in a range of practical field research methods and media production skills sufficient to enable them to carry out the year-long fieldwork that is an integral and necessary aspect of the second year of the programme and to produce a combination of written dissertation and media and/or performance practice thereafter.
  • To make students aware of the legal and ethical implications of their work and of the appropriate procedures for ensuring ethical clearance of their research.
  • To encourage students in the development of a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills.

Department specialisms

Drama at Manchester has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its research into Performance, Applied Theatre and Screen Studies. With some of the country's leading researchers and practitioners of drama who publish regularly, we seek to promote a research culture at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+ 44 (0)161 275 3559