Research course

Drama, Theatre and Performance

University of Sussex · School of English

Entry requirements

You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree.

Your Masters-level qualification should be in a drama-related subject or a subject relevant to your chosen area of research. You should also show evidence of substantial research and/or evidence of professional performance-related experience.

Your undergraduate degree-level qualification should be in drama, performance or theatre studies.

You may also be considered for the degree if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Months of entry

January, May, September

Course content

Our faculty are theatre-makers, performance artists, theatre historians and performance theorists. They are experts in diverse interdisciplinary approaches to the study of drama, theatre and performance.


We welcome applicants with practice-as-research projects as well as historical, critical and theoretical approaches to the following areas of study:

  • contemporary performance practice and experimental theatre
  • non-human performance
  • theatre and ethics
  • Live Art, visual art and body-based practices
  • queer and feminist performance
  • dance and the choreographic
  • performance and popular cultures
  • contemporary theatre directing
  • interdisciplinary intersections (for example between performance and music)
  • early modern drama in contemporary performance
  • pedagogies of actor training.

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

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