My supervisor understands what it is to be a composer and researcher. He offers good advice.
Our research degrees in performing arts prepare you for success at each stage of your PhD project development. The structure is designed to provide intensive graduate preparation for a future career and is suitable for either part-time or full-time candidates. Completion of the programme entails submission of a thesis, the submission of practice if undertaking a practice-based PhD, and an oral viva with external examiners.
PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training:
Scholarly and practice-led research in the performing arts constitutes a key area of the University’s intellectual activity.
Academic members of staff within the School of Arts are well known internationally for their exceptionally strong research profile and success with large-scale competitive grants and graduate completions. Selected areas of current staff research are outlined below, but supervision of other subjects may be accommodated – please enquire with the Director of Postgraduate Research:
We cater for practice-based and academic study within a research environment distinguished by methodological innovation and intellectual pluralism. Facilities include studios, rehearsal rooms, a 200-seat theatre, a gallery, digital media labs, high-quality recording facilities and extensive archives.
As a member of the TECHNE Doctoral Training Partnership, our highest quality students may be eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Faculty studentships are also available for top-quality students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for full-time or part-time study. Please see the Faculty studentships webpage for further information.
Before you submit your formal application form, please take a look at our list of School of Arts PhD supervisors.
Once you have found an appropriate supervisor, please make contact with them to discuss your proposal. You should then proceed to completing and submitting your formal application form.
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For all our research degrees in performing arts, entry is on the basis of a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience. Candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research will be required to evidence appropriate experience and expertise in the relevant area of practice. Students are initially registered for a PhD with probationary status and, subject to satisfactory progress, are subsequently confirmed as having PhD status.
Non-native speakers of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above. Auditions will be held for entry to some programmes.
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
|Study mode||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
|Full-time||To be confirmed||£13,300|
|Part-time||To be confirmed||£6,700|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
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"My supervisor understands what it is to be a composer and researcher. He offers good advice."
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