Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based PhD (through Dramaturgy, Playwriting or Performance)

This innovative new programme allows academic research to be conducted through practical experimentation, such as the investigation of processes of theatre making or the practical application of particular aesthetic theories. It provides a unique opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area of practice (Dramaturgy, playwriting, or Performance – which includes Directing) and prepares you for your chosen profession.

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: 3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Start date: January 2014, September 2014

Contact

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Adam Ledger

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5998 or by email: drama-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Details

The practice-based route to this PhD lets you conduct academic-based research through practical experimentation in performance, playwriting or dramaturgy, accompanied with a 40,000 word thesis. The thesis must fully contextualise the practice and substantiate the claim that your work is innovative and demonstrates extension of the boundaries of the chosen field of research and practice.

Research activity is led by staff and our traditional research strengths lie in: contemporary practice, playwriting and acting training; theatre and community development; theatre and political activism, theatre and critical theory, Shakespeare, theatre and science, theatre history – Renaissance to 21st century) and Eastern European theatre.

At Birmingham you also have the option of studying languages, free of charge. Almost no other UK University offers you the opportunity to learn the intense graduate academic language skills which you may need to pursue your research.

Fees and funding

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are as follows:

  • Home / EU: full-time - £4,450; part-time £2,225
  • Overseas: full-time - £13,065

Learn more about fees and funding

It is important that students wishing to apply for the practice-based PhD submit detailed information about how they intend to cover the costs incurred in pursuing the chosen field of practice beyond the facilities and space which the Department can allot. (Intending applicants should bear in mind that the range of taught Masters and undergraduate programmes means that such resources are in considerable demand).

Scholarships and studentships

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. To be eligible for these awards, candidates must hold either an offer of a place to study or have submitted an application to study at the University. To discover whether you are eligible for any award across the University, and to start your funding application, please visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

Entry requirements

Learn more about entry requirements

International students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Contact

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Adam Ledger

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5998 or by email: drama-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Research interests of staff

Research interests of staff include:

  • Theatre history and Shakespearean interpretation
    Contact: Professor Russell Jackson
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5790
    Email: r.b.jackson@bham.ac.uk
  • Performance practice, especially directing and acting (and how these are brought together through rehearsal), devising and performer training
    Contact: Dr Adam Ledger
    Tel: +44(0)121 414 5998
    Email: a.j.ledger@bham.ac.uk
  • Victorian theatre; popular theatre studies; contemporary and historical popular entertainment; music theatre; contemporary theatre making and music performance; multi-media performance
    Contact: Dr Caroline Radcliffe
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 5998
    Email: c.radcliffe@bham.ac.uk
  • Contemporary theatre and performance; political and cultural theory; performance and devising techniques; new writing for theatre
    Contact: Dr liz Tomlin
    Email: e.j.tomlin@bham.ac.uk
  • Actor-training; Anton Chekhov and Russian and East European Theatre of the first part of the twentieth century; theatre and science
    Contact: Dr Rose Whyman
    Tel: +44 (0)121 414 6005
    Email: r.whyman@bham.ac.uk
  • Twentieth-century reception of tragedy; contemporary adaptation of the Greek tragic plays; postmodern theory and performance; theatre and fascism
    Contact: Dr Eleftheria Ioannidou
    e.ioannidou@bham.ac.uk
  • Contemporary British, European and American theatre; translation, adaptation and reception; ethics and spectatorship; aesthetics and politics; performance and space.
    Contact: Dr Vicky Angelaki
    v.angelaki@bham.ac.uk

Contact

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Adam Ledger

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5998 or by email: drama-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Employability

The University of Birmingham has been ranked 8th in the UK and 60th in the world for post-qualification employability in the latest global survey of universities commissioned by the International Herald Tribune.

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for employment and this will be further enhanced by the employability skills training offered through the College of Arts and Law Graduate School.

Over the past five years, over 97% of our Drama and Theatre Arts postgraduates have been in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

Alumni have gone on to embark on successful careers in theatre, television and radio, for employers such as the BBC, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Arts Council England.

Contact

Director of Postgraduate Studies: Dr Adam Ledger

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5998 or by email: drama-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk