Research course

Performance Practice

University of Exeter · Drama

Entry requirements

Normally a Masters degree with Merit or equivalent in Drama, Theatre Practice or a related subject, or other relevant qualifications such as a doctorate in another subject. Please contact the School for fulldetails.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

This research programme is designed for students wishing to take their performance practice beyond an MA. The area of study is entirely dependent on the student, and can be taken in Theatrical Practice, Drama or Music. The variety of possible subjects of research through practice is large (e.g. playwriting, acting, directing, physical theatre, dance theatre, masks, music theatre, music performance etc).

Department specialisms

The relationship between theory and practice (praxis) between actor and character; The politics of Shakespeare and English drama; Dramaturgy and writing for performance; Actor and performer training; Vocal practice; Gender and performance; Ancient Greek performance; The theory of performance and interculturalism; Political and popular theatre; Applied theatre in the community; Performance art, new media, and bioart; Theatre and music / music theatre; Site-specific and site-sensitive performance; Auto-performance and autobiography; Theatre and mental health; Eastern European theatre; Theatre and religion; Research in theatre direction, acting and playwriting

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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The University of Exeter invests significantly in a range of funding opportunities for talented prospective postgraduates. Please visit for further details. Here you can search our database for funding opportunities suitable for your area of interest.

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-84 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Administrator
+44 (0) 1392 725306