Theatre and performing arts

Performing arts subjects at the University of Surrey sit within Guildford School of Acting, one of the most highly regarded theatre schools in the UK. We have a vibrant community of performers, performance makers, creative practitioners and technicians graduating from our wide variety of courses each year.

We offer excellent graduate prospects with 93 per cent of our undergraduates and 97 per cent of our postgraduates in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes survey 2022, HESA).

And we are ranked 5th in the UK for dance and drama in the The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, 6th for drama, dance and cinematic in the Complete University Guide 2023 and 7th in the UK for drama and dance in the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Students and graduates


Guildford School of Acting Doctoral Studentships 2023

Funding information:
Studentships will cover, for three years or pro-rata part-time: full fees (at home or international rate), an annual stipend (c.£16,000), and a training grant for research and development expenses. 

GSA PhD studentship

Funding information:
Funding will cover University tuition fees at the UK rate and a stipend at the standard UKRI rate (£16,062 p.a. for 2022-23).