Dance PhD

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Annelie Nederberg PhD Musical Composition

Why Surrey?

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.

Programme overview

PhD students in all programmes in the School of Arts can expect three levels of research training:

  1. University-level training provided by the Postgraduate Skills Development Programme and the University Library, including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for the confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led University Postgraduate conference.
  2. School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, reading groups, visiting speaker events and conferences.
  3. Students will also receive subject-specific training that will vary depending on their programme. You may participate in research “intensives”, featuring formal presentations of work by students, keynote seminars, study groups on current themes in Arts research, and research skills training sessions. You may meet regularly for debate and discussion and participate in annual formal presentations of research.

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:

  • Contemporary dance and dance theatre 
  • Critical dance theory
  • Postcolonial theory
  • African, Afro-Cuban and Latin/o dance
  • Dance ethnography
  • Dance on screen and new media
  • Movement visualization and analysis
  • Laban movement analysis and Labanotation
  • Choreography
  • The ageing body in dance
  • Kinaesthesia, proprioception
  • Kinaesthetic empathy
  • PaR (practice-as-research)
  • Phenomenology

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.

Funding

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.

Supervisors

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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Programme facts

Type of programme:

PhD

Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

Start date:

October, January, April, July

Contact:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 686 509

arts-admissions@surrey.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

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.

English language requirements

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.

Fees

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.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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General Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 681 681

pg-enquiries@surrey.ac.uk

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