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 StructureResearch themes
- Actor training
- Animals and performance
- Disability arts
- Immersive and interactive theatres
- Musical theatre
- Performance philosophy
- Phenomenology and time
- Scenography, costume and architecture
- Theatre and decadence
- Theatre making in an era of climate crisis
- 48 months
- 96 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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DisciplinesTheatre & Dance View 24 other PhDs in Theatre & Dance in United Kingdom
- 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.
International16500 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16500 GBP per year during 48 months.
EU/EEA4327 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 4327 GBP per year during 48 months.
- EU/EEA £2,163.50
- NON-EU/EEA £8,200
Living costs for Guildford
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