Thanks to its rich artistic heritage – which includes the world-famous Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe – Edinburgh is one of the most inspiring places in the world to study theatre.
This vibrant theatrical culture has attracted researchers and practitioners from all over the world, many of whom you will find on our academic staff.
Training and support of the European Theatre programme offered by The University of Edinburgh
As well as the seasonal offerings of its festivals, Edinburgh boasts the UK’s only student-run theatre, the Bedlam Theatre.Here you can complement your research with practical experience in any aspect of the theatre, from acting to directing or producing.
The city’s Traverse Theatre provides support and opportunities for new and emerging writers.
All postgraduates are required to take a one-year research methods course, which teaches core research skills (bibliographic work, library research, data management) and introduces you to the research facilities available at the University and in the city of Edinburgh.
Due to the far-reaching interests of our academic staff, your scope for research is extremely broad, and includes:
- 17th-century French theatre
- 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature
- 20th-century German theatre and cultural politics, particularly in the Weimar Republic and the GDR
- contemporary French cinema
- contemporary French fiction
- digital philology
- early modern Spanish culture
- 36 months
- 72 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesVisual Arts Liberal Arts Theatre & Dance View 24 other PhDs in Theatre & Dance in United Kingdom
- A UK 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, or their international equivalents, in a related subject.
- We may also consider your application if you have equivalent qualifications or experience; please contact a supervisor to check before you apply.
International21150 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 21150 GBP per year during 36 months.
National4500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4500 GBP per year during 36 months.
PhD part-time fees
- Overseas: £10,575
- Home: £2,250
Living costs for Edinburgh
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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