Research course

Performing Arts

University of Gloucestershire · School of Arts
PhDMA by research

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject are
  • PhD: a masters degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to your proposed research topic
  • We actively encourage applications from students from different backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent (currently on website – No IELTS information on this course)

Months of entry

February, October

Course content

Ranked 6th globally in the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, 2019.

Postgraduate study in Performing Arts covers a wide range of topics, where students may focus on specific or interdisciplinary work. Members of the Performing Arts team have a particular interest in practice as research.

The School of Arts has extensive links with partners in Gloucestershire and beyond, and we offer opportunities for interdisciplinary research within both the performing arts and the wider university.

We have expertise in a wide range of research approaches, including social, environmental and economic impact assessments, surveying techniques and other participatory and visual methodologies. We have research interests across the private, public, not-for-profit and NGO sectors.

Research Areas:

Areas of research interest/ experience include:

  • musical theatre
  • devising
  • writing for performance
  • immersive and participatory theatre
  • theatrical adaptation
  • live and mediated performance
  • theatre and interactivity
  • classical theatre
  • site-specific performance
  • applied theatre
  • health
  • wellbeing and resilience.

All students are required to take and complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods to support the development of their project and their education as researchers.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MA by research
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

03330 141414