The MA by Research programme requires you to prepare a dissertation of up to 40,000 words on a topic of your choice, for which an academic staff member will provide expert supervision.
The PhD – the most advanced research degree – leads to a dissertation of up to 80,000 words on a subject of your choice and under the expert supervision of an academic member of staff.
You can study for a PhD on campus or by Distance Learning.
Research activity is led by staff and our traditional research strengths lie in: Shakespearean performance and adaptation; Victorian and Edwardian theatre; the history of film; popular theatre; theatre history-Renaissance to 21st Century, Russian theatre, playwriting and actor training, theatre and science, contemporary 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.
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2014/15 are currently as follows:
Home / EU £3,996 full-time; £1,998 part-time
Overseas: £12,565 full-time; £6,282.50 part-time
Learn more about fees and funding.
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.
We would normally expect applicants to have an Honours degree or equivalent, although suitable professional experience may be taken into account when assessing qualifications.
Learn more about entry 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: