Research course

Theatre Studies (Playwriting)

Institution
University of Essex · Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies
Qualifications
PhDMPhil

Entry requirements

Good first degree or equivalent in relevant subject area.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry

January, April, October

Course content

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies offers supervision for PhD Theatre Studies in all fields of our staff research expertise within this area. In addition, you benefit from our Lakeside Theatre at our Colchester Campus, which has been established as a major venue for good drama, known for a commitment to new writing for the stage. Not only do many professional touring companies bring their productions of new plays to our Lakeside Theatre but there has been a wealth of new work produced by our own staff and students.

As this PhD involves playwriting, you work on an original full-length play or equivalent short plays (70-100 pages or 70-150 minutes playing time, 20,000-30,000 words) plus a critical commentary (40,000 words).

A number of our graduates have gone on to undertake successful careers as writers. Other past students are now established as scholars, university lecturers, teachers, publishers, publishers? editors, journalists, arts administrators, theatre artistic directors, drama advisers, and translators.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject, and part-time research study is also available.

Our Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies is distinctive in the breadth of our cultural interests, combining expertise in literature, film, and theatre studies to provide a strong and supportive environment for your studies.

Many of our academic staff are scholars of international reputation including our professors, John Gillies, Richard Gray, Peter Hulme and Marina Warner, who are recognised experts in the fields respectively of Shakespeare, US literature, postcolonial studies, and cultural history. Richard Gray was the first specialist in US literature to be appointed to the British Academy, while Marina Warner is a distinguished novelist who has been appointed to the British Academy. Since 2009, internationally acclaimed poet and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott has worked annually with our students as our Professor of Poetry. In January 2011, he was awarded the prestigious TS Eliot Prize for his latest collection, White Egrets.

Department specialisms

Supervision is available in all areas of staff expertise in different literatures, film and theatre studies. This includes different approaches to the subject, covering most aspects of early modern and modern writing in English and a number of other languages.

Information for international students

IELTS 7

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see: www.essex.ac.uk.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36 months
part time
72 months

MPhil

full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Name
Graduate Administrator
Email
research-lit@essex.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1206 872 624