Research course


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

Entry requirements

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


Course content

The research degrees of MPhil and PhD are offered in any of the main three strands of Drama at Manchester: Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre and Screen Studies. You will have a supervisor with a specialism related to your field of research, and have the option to write a full 80,000 word thesis or complete a practice-based dissertation. The practice-based dissertation gives you the opportunity to submit practice as part of your final thesis submission. The staff/student seminar series, Cultivating Research, provides a regular 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.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Drama at Manchester retained our ranking as second nationally among UK Drama departments. All staff are research active within the three main strands that comprise our profile: Theatre/Performance Studies, Applied Theatre, and Screen 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. We regularly initiate research-council-funded projects, present seminar series and host conferences. You can get a sense of the range of our research activity by looking at our blog: and following us on twitter: @UoMDrama

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


an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component.

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

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:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0) 161 275 3559