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Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based, PhD/MA by Research

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #81 (QS) Birmingham, United Kingdom
This Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based from University of Birmingham allows academic research to be conducted through practical experimentation, such as the investigation of the processes of theatre making or the practical application of particular aesthetic theories.
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Overview

This Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based from University of Birmingham provides a unique opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area of practice (dramaturgy, playwriting, or performance – which includes directing) and prepares you for your chosen profession.

The practice-based route to this PhD lets you conduct academic-based research through practical experimentation in performance, playwriting or dramaturgy, accompanied with a 40,000 word thesis.

The thesis must fully contextualise the practice and substantiate the claim that your work is innovative and demonstrates extension of the boundaries of the chosen field of research and practice. The practice-based MA by Research in contrast will be assessed by a shorter thesis of 20,000 words.

Career

Birmingham's Drama and Theatre Arts postgraduates develop a very wide range of skills and qualities during their degree. Performance develops communication, team working and confidence, whilst all of our postgraduates also develop time management, critical and analytical skills, the ability to formulate and solve problems, develop opinions and new ideas, and an aptitude for thinking and working creatively with others.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Research starting in January or September is encouraged, but flexible start dates may be available.

  • Programme intensity

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

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      PhD – 3 years full-time; MA by Research – 1 year full-time

    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
    • Duration description

      PhD – 6 years part-time; MA by Research – 2 years part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Why study this course

  • World-leading research
  • Exceptional links
  • Transferrable skills
  • Links with the Shakespeare Institute

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • For MRes and MA by Research programmes, entry to our programmes usually requires a good (normally a 2:1 or above) Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification if you were educated outside the UK.
  • Applicants for a PhD will also need to hold a Masters qualification at Merit level or above (or its international equivalent).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18380 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4820 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

UK/EU: £2,440 part-time/year

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 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

Scholarships to cover fees and/or maintenance costs may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

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