Research course


The University of Manchester · Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

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 research degrees of MPhil and PhD are offered in any of the main four strands of Drama at Manchester: Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre, Screen Studies, Music and Drama Studies.

You will have a supervisor with a specialism related to your field of research. The practice-based dissertation also gives you the opportunity to submit practice as part of your final thesis submission. The staff/student seminar series, Research Encounters, provides a weekly forum of debate and the presentation of short papers on a wide range of topics, and acts as a focal point in the postgraduate research culture.

Drama scored a 5 in the 2001 RAE. All staff are research-active within the four main strands that comprise our profile: theatre studies, applied theatre, screen studies, and music and drama studies. These areas interlink, and both staff and students are keen to cross the boundaries from one area of research to another. The notion of 'dialogue' - with ideas, practices, communities - is at the heart of all our practical and intellectual explorations. There are currently three research centres in Drama: the Centre for Applied Theatre, the Centre for Screen Studies, and the Centre for Stage and Screen. The Centres initiate research projects, present seminar series and host conferences. The Centre for Applied Theatre is presently running two major AHRC-funded projects, on theatre in places of conflict, and theatre in museum and heritage sites.

Department specialisms

Film, TV Drama and Documentary; European and American Theatre; Women in Theatre; British Theatre; Theatre in Prisons and Probation; Theatre in Education; Experimental Theatre; Contemporary Performance; Performance Theory; Early Film. Please visit the University of Manchester website for full details of current staff and their research interests.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English require a minimum of IELTS 7.0 to include a writing score of 7.0 or TOEFL internet-based test score of 103.

Fees and funding

UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC competition (internal deadline in early March each year). This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with the Programme Director as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the school website for current information

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Administrator
+44 (0) 161 275 3559