It has been great to find in Surrey not only a rich and diverse research culture but also such a friendly, supportive and motivating environment.
Theatre at Surrey provides postgraduate researchers with a supportive and collegiate research experience within our conservatoire, the Guildford School of Acting (GSA).
Our research-active staff are internationally known for the quality and significance of their research, which includes undertaking leading roles within national and international research organisations. All our potential PhD supervisors regularly publish and present challenging work – an ethos that we would encourage you, as a prospective postgraduate researcher, to share with us.
The research activity in GSA at Surrey is supported through our new Institute of Performance. The institute acts as the conservatoire’s research hub providing the base for all our postgraduate research and training. This includes regular research seminars with visiting speakers as well as bespoke training sessions on academic skills. The institute also hosts our Centre for Performance Philosophy that fosters innovative and creative research.
PhD researchers on all programmes in GSA can expect three levels of research training and support:
As a research conservatoire, we are fully equipped to offer dedicated time and support to practice research experiments and practical modes of knowledge enquiry. We welcome proposals that will result in an c.80,000 word thesis or a practice research curated portfolio.
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:
Our conservatoire facilities include a 200-seat theatre, 15 rehearsal-studios, 6 performance-studios, an art gallery, design studio, digital media labs, and high-quality recording facilities. The university library also hosts the longstanding and internationally renowned National Resource Centre for Dance.
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 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 contact a potential supervisor or our Director of Postgraduate Research.
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