GSA PhD studentship

PhD studentship in Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting (GSA)

Start date

1 January 2024


3 years

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£18,622 per year for 2023-24). 


Applications are invited for PhD projects that address the GSA’s research in the past, present and future of performance, in history and contemporary culture. Our research includes Shakespeare, theatre history, dramaturgy, actor training, musical theatre, pedagogy, applied theatre, and mental health and disability arts. It is underpinned by the School’s commitment to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion in training, the acting profession, and beyond.

For this studentship, we are particularly interested in the following key areas:

  • Diversity and performance
  • Actor training
  • Applied theatre
  • Contemporary Shakespeare.

Additional notes

As a university conservatoire, we benefit from a close relationship between scholarship, pedagogy, performer training and the theatre industry.

Eligibility criteria

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.

Open to candidates who pay UK/home rate fees. See UKCISA for further information.

English language requirements 

IELTS Academic overall score of 6.5 or above (or equivalent qualification from other agencies) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Theatre PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application.

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Application deadline

Contact details

Robert Shaughnessy
21 GSA 00
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 688859

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