drama-research

Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Research PhD

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About our programmes

Drama at Hull has a strong reputation for world-leading and internationally excellent research. We offer supervision of research degrees at MA by Research and PhD level in a wide range of subjects, reflecting both the individual interests of staff and our research groupings in Performance, Technology and Aesthetics; Performance Translation and Dramaturgy; and Research in Engagement and Participation.

Your research might take the traditional form of a wholly written thesis, or might be based on experimental practice supplemented by written critical commentary and other forms of documentation. Either way, you have the opportunity to expand your own knowledge, and that of the subject area, through original research in a form tailored to your needs, under expert guidance. We have three well-equipped performance studios – all with backstage facilities, including dressing rooms, control rooms, a design workshop, and costume and prop stores. Students also benefit from visits by speakers, trips to see performances and professional touring theatre, dance and music performances.

Research supervisors

Details

Open for admission in 2019/20

Full time Part time
MA by Research 1 year 2 years
PhD 3 years* 5 years*

* plus writing-up time

Start in January, May or September

Research

Our experts welcome applications for postgraduate study across a broad range of topics. Our main research interests include:

Performance Histories

  • Classical Greek theatre
  • Medieval theatre
  • Early Modern English and European theatre
  • Early Soviet theatre
  • Czech theatre
  • Contemporary British and European drama

Applied and Social Theatre and Performance

  • Disability arts and culture
  • Theatre, engagement and citizenship
  • Performance and activism
  • Sport and performance
  • Performance, democracy and participation

Performance Practices

  • Scenography
  • Collaborative practices
  • Popular performance
  • Comedy
  • Theatre and embodiment
  • Live art
  • Intermedial performance
  • Audience studies
  • Historical and contemporary acting and directing practices
  • Systems of actor training
  • Theories of rehearsal
  • Dance and choreography

World and Intercultural Theatre and Performance

  • Afro-Caribbean and diasporic theatres
  • Theatre translation
  • Cultural re-appropriations of theatrical forms 

Related courses

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,327 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,163 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit the fees and funding page.

The standard length of a full-time PhD programme is three years, or five years part-time, plus 'writing-up'.

For full-time students, writing up typically takes about three months but may be extended to one year without further paperwork. For part-time students, writing up typically takes one year, but may be extended to two years without further paperwork.

There is a small continuation fee to be paid for the writing-up period. The continuation fee is partly reimbursed, if you submit in less than one year (full-time) or less than two years (part-time).

Additional costs

There are some extra costs that you may have to pay, or choose to pay, depending on your programme of study and the decisions you make. The list below has some examples, and any extra costs will vary:

  • Student visas (international students).
  • Books (you’ll have access to many books through the University library, but you may want to buy your own copies).
  • Optional conference/field/archive/library trips (Faculties support some travel and conference attendance financially. Details vary. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Laptop (you’ll have access to laptops and PC’s on campus, but you may want to buy your own).
  • Printing and photocopying (There is a printing allowance in place for all students, currently £20 a year. Some Faculties grant PGR students access to printing and photocopying as staff. Please check with the Department/School to which you are applying).
  • Professional-body membership.
  • Graduation (gown hire and photography).

Remember, you’ll still need to take into account your living costs. This could include accommodation, travel and food – to name just a few. 

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of generic and discipline-specific modules to support research students through their programme.

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Doctoral College provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

You should normally have, or expect to obtain, at least 2:1 Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or related Arts or Humanities subject.

You should submit a sample of your written work in the relevant subject of at least 4000 words (for MA by Research) and at least 10,000 words (for PhD).

With your application, you should also submit a research proposal that should be tailored to your research area and should include the following:

  • project title,
  • project synopsis (of c. 500 words),
  • series of research questions,
  • discussion of research context,
  • consideration of the research methods and methodology to be employed,
  • bibliography 

Research proposals should not exceed 1500 words in length (excluding bibliography). 

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. See other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by this University.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.