Entry requirements

A Masters degree in a drama-related subject or a discipline relevant to the chosen area of research and/or evidence of substantial research and/or evidence of professional performance-related experience in the field equivalent to a Masters. A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in drama, performance or theatre studies is also usually required.

Months of entry

January, September, May

Course content

PhD in Drama, Theatre and Performance
MPhil in Drama, Theatre and Performance

Academic activities

Our faculty are theatre-makers and reviewers, performance artists and directors as well as experts in their academic fields. This means you’ll be guided and supervised through your research project by academics working at the forefront of their subjects.

We welcome research proposals in areas such as:

  • the relationship between theatre and fiction
  • theatre and ethics
  • contemporary theatre practice and experimental theatre
  • Live Art, visual art and body-based practices
  • urban cultures and performance
  • feminist approaches to representation.

Our postgraduate community also benefits from a wide range of seminars and events, and incorporates a number of different research interests. This provides plenty of opportunity for you to interact with other researchers within the School of English. You have access to the wide range of training courses and seminars provided both within the School and by our Doctoral School.

Specialist facilities

MPhil and PhD students have access to two diverse practical workshop spaces and equipment: one black box studio and a white, flexible, multimedia lab. A drama technician is available to help develop practical work. In addition, all students have access to the Attenborough Centre, the newly refurbished on-campus centre for the creative arts, with a variety of high-tech performance spaces to work in.

Information for international students

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English Language Support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our PhD degrees.

Visas and Immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Fees and funding

UK students
Please see our website
International students
Please see our website

Please visit our website for latest fees information: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/phd/2017/english/drama-theatre-and-performance-phd

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: www.sussex.ac.uk/study/masters/fees-and-scholarships

Qualification and course duration


full time
24-48 months
part time
36-72 months


full time
12-36 months
part time
24-48 months

Course contact details

Dr Sara Jane Bailes
+44 (0)1273 876608