Research course

Performance and Cultural Industries

University of Leeds · School of Performance and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

PhD candidates are normally required to have a good honours degree (First or Upper Second), and it is usually advantageous to have completed a Masters degree in a related subject area, or to have significant and relevant professional experience in place of a master’s qualification. MA by research and MPhil candidates are normally required to have a good first degree in a related subject area. If you are proposing to undertake research that includes practice-led elements you will normally be able to demonstrate appropriate experience and proficiency in relevant areas of practice.

Months of entry


Course content

Performance is understood not only as theatre, drama and dance, but also as a whole range of performance genres, such as live, body and performance art, cyber performances and installations. It includes performance design (scenography), dramaturgy and writing for performance. It is contextualised within the practices of the cultural industries in management, entrepreneurship, cultural and creative learning. The cultural industries in contemporary societies are a key research interest within the School of Performance & Cultural Industries. Taking an interdisciplinary approach across the arts and social sciences, staff within the School welcome applicants for postgraduate research study with an interest in any aspect of the cultural industries, their role in contemporary society and their future development. The School enjoys a particular strength in researching the cultural industries within an international context and successful applicants will be able to exploit opportunities for international engagement. Performance works across all of the arts, with a wider range and more freely. It happens in theatres, in communities, and in other ‘outreach’ contexts. Performance theory, in its many manifestations, provides tools for understanding in these genres and occasions, and in culture at large. These distinctive areas of research activity benefit from the opportunities of productive dialogue with each other and with others across the University. Postgraduate Research students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich and varied research culture within the School and the wider University. Training is an essential part of the Postgraduate Research experience, both for successful completion of the degree course, and for personal and careers-related development. A wide range of training opportunities are available in research, generic and subject specific skills. Students are supported in taking advantage of these opportunities at School and University levels, and beyond.

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 Overall with no less than 6.0 in all components

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)113 343 8713