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Drama, Ph.D.

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University rank #110 (WUR) London, United Kingdom
Research students in Drama study with some of the United Kingdom’s leading performance researchers. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework, Drama at Queen Mary was the highest-rated Drama department in the United Kingdom.
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Queen Mary is a partner in the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Eligible applicants to the PhD Programme in the Department of Drama are encouraged to apply for an AHRC studentship. LAHP offers up to 90 studentships per year for postgraduate research students studying arts and humanities disciplines at Queen Mary and seven other institutions across London.Research students are a central part of intellectual life in Drama. They contribute significantly to our research culture and to the discipline more widely. In addition to pursuing their own scholarly projects, students organise Drama’s research seminar series Quorum, as well as symposia and conferences driven by their research interests. Students also present their research at national and international conferences, publish articles, reviews, journalism, plays, and DVDs, and perform widely at venues in the UK and internationally. Research students play an important part in Drama’s collaborations with leading arts organisations, including the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Actors’ Touring Company, the London Film Festival, LIFT, and AfroReggae.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • In the first year of the programme, students work toward the completion of the Year One Progression Review, which results in the submission of a prospectus (extended proposal) and a piece of written work (or written work plus practice in the case of students who intend to submit practice as part of their final submission). This work is usually submitted toward the end of April for full-time students and November for part-time students. In addition, in June of the first year, students organise and present their work at the annual Research Student Colloquium for first and second year students.
  • In subsequent years of the programme, student progress is discussed and reviewed as part of the Annual Review, usually in July each year.

English Language Requirements

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Degree transcripts. Please provide a transcript of your degree(s). If you have not yet completed your degree please provide a transcript of your results achieved to date
  • Please provide the contact details of two referees on your application, at least one reference must be from an academic referee who is in a position to comment on the standard of your academic work and suitability for postgraduate level study. Where appropriate, a second referee can provide comment on your professional experience.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/ Resume
  • Statement of purpose 
  • IELTS/TOEFL certificate (if applicable)

Tuition Fee

Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Drama at Queen Mary aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants. Eligible candidates will be considered for Queen Mary Principal's studentships to support research into any of the Department of Drama's areas of expertise.

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