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Theatre

University of Surrey

48 months
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16500 GBP/year
4327 GBP/year
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About

The Theatre programme at the University of Surrey will provide you with a supportive and collegiate research experience within our conservatoire, the Guildford School of Acting (GSA). 

Overview

Why choose this course

The staff are internationally known for the quality and significance of their research, which includes taking on leading roles within national and international research organisations. All of 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. 

We have research strengths in a range of diverse areas including performance philosophy, scenography, directing and devising, actor training, musical theatre and Shakespeare.

You will benefit from first-class conservatoire facilities including a 200-seat Theatre, 15 rehearsal-studios, six performance-studios, an art gallery, a design studio, digital media labs, and high-quality recording facilities. The University Library also hosts the long-standing and internationally renowned National Resource Centre for Dance. 

We’re part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s TECHNE doctoral training partnership, which offers funding and a fully-formed training programme for academic, professional and early-career development.

What you will study

The research activity in GSA at University of Surrey includes access to our two research centres hosted within the school: Centre for Performance Philosophy and the Surrey Shakespeare Centre.

PhD researchers on all programmes in GSA can expect three levels of research training and support: 

  • University-level training provided by the Researcher Development Programme and the University Library, including a PhD induction, workshops on writing skills and preparation for your confirmation and viva. There is also an annual student-led University Postgraduate conference.
  • School-level training is offered in the form of interdisciplinary seminars, visiting speaker events and conferences. This includes events supporting the Centre for Performance Philosophy and the Surrey Shakespeare Centre.
  • PhD researchers also receive subject-specific feedback our biannual GSA PGR Symposium that allow you to share and develop ideas in a supportive environment.

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 80,000-word thesis or a practice research curated portfolio. (c. 40,000).

Programme Structure

Research themes
  • Actor training
  • Animals and performance
  • Disability arts
  • Immersive and interactive theatres
  • Musical theatre
  • Performance philosophy
  • Phenomenology and time
  • Shakespeare
  • Scenography, costume and architecture
  • Theatre and decadence
  • Theatre making in an era of climate crisis

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 96 months

Start dates & application deadlines

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Required

Other requirements

General requirements

  • For all our research degrees in performing arts, entry is on the basis of a good honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject or appropriate professional experience.
  • Candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research will be required to evidence appropriate experience and expertise in the relevant area of practice.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4327 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4327 GBP per year during 48 months.

Part time:

  • EU/EEA £2,163.50
  • NON-EU/EEA £8,200

Living costs for Guildford

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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

Funding

A Postgraduate Doctoral Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate doctoral course. 

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.

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