Applied Theatre Professional Doctorate, PhD

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  • Tuition
    2098
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  • English (take IELTS)
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The thesis will show convincing evidence of the capacity of the candidate to pursue research and scholarship, and represent original work that is appropriately located by the candidate within a wider field of knowledge and investigation.
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  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding

About

The Professional Doctorate in Applied Theatre is offered as one of a suite of Professional Doctorates overseen by the University's Institute of Cultural Practices. It draws on the supervisory expertise of Manchester's Drama staff, who have long been at the forefront of research in applied theatre and performance, both nationally and internationally.

Professional doctorates take explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. Professional doctorates reflect the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector.

The programme aims to develop dynamic and interactive knowledge practices and outcomes that will have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts. It will support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex, unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which practitioners operate.

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning.

This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.`Applied theatre' is taken as an umbrella term referring inclusively to any form of theatre/performance practice seeking to engage or intervene in social and/or political contexts such as schools, communities, prisons, refugee groups, healthcare contexts, etc. Researchers in Manchester founded the TiPP Centre (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) in the 1990s, and `In Place of War' in the 2000s (an international network of artists working in war zones).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Project Type Open

Programme Structure

Coursework and assessment

Progress will be monitored primarily via individual supervisions. The key milestones are represented by the assessment for each stage of the process. These are:

  • Year 1: literature review and research essay (12,000 words in total)
  • Year 2: conference paper and publishable article (6-8000 words)
  • Year 3: research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (12,000 words in total)
  • Year 4-6: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research
  • Year 6: thesis of 40-45,000 words or practical outcome accompanied by 20-45,000 word dissertation.


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Academic Requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. 

English language

  • an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component
  • a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test, or 100 internet-based test
  • a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component

Professional entry qualification

Evidence of a competent level of professional expertise in one or more contexts relevant to applied theatre.

Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

 Professional experience must be equivalent to at least 36 months continuous employment. 

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 2098 EU/EEA

Funding

British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. 

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