Taught course

Performing Arts

University of East London · School of Arts and Digital Industries - ADI

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Entry requirements

  • MA in Performance or related discipline, and a creative and professional practice and excellent knowledge of performance OR an established creative and professional practice.

Months of entry


Course content

Professional Doctorate in Performing Arts is intended for practitioners across a range of performance-based disciplines who wish to make their practice the basis for doctoral study; indicatively theatre directing, acting, dance, music or technical practice such as sound and lighting.

Unlike a traditional PhD, performance replaces the thesis as the main evidence of research, supported by a written report.

It is designed for creative practitioners from the UK and abroad and can be undertaken 3 years full time study and 5 years part time.

It differs from practice-based PhD in that students arrive with a creative practice to be analysed and developed rather than a research 'project' to be carried out and are supported by specialist supervisory teams and a series of work in progress seminars which are the backbone of the programme.

The programme is practice based and industry facing and gives students the support and environment to develop their creative and professional practice and theoretical research to a doctoral professional standard.

Information for international students

Overall Academic IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Writing and Speaking; minimum 5.5 in Reading and Listening (or recognised equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • ProfDoc
    part time
    60 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions and Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333