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Performing Arts Research Opportunities, MPhil/PhD

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
University rank #601 (WUR) Lincoln, United Kingdom
While studying for an MPhil or PhD in Performing Arts Research Opportunities at University of Lincoln, students are able to undertake independent research in an area of their choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. A range of training opportunities enables the development of key research skills.
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Research students are invited to join one of the School’s thriving research groups – Contemporary Theatre-Making, (Re) Constructing Musics and Intercultural Performance – and participate in the Critical Encounters Research Series alongside academic staff and other postgraduate students. 

Students will also be encouraged to present their work at national and international conferences and to publish their findings.

Career and Personal Development

An  MPhil or PhD in Performing Arts Research Opportunities at University of Lincoln may enhance and progress careers in performing arts and can open up opportunities at senior levels in direction, production, management, and education. 

It can be the starting point for an academic career, and graduates may choose to go on to professional research or teaching in higher education institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

       MPhil: 1.5-3 years. PhD: 2-4 years

    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      MPhil: 2-4 years. PhD: 3-6 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Areas of specialism include 

  • playwriting, 
  • dramaturgy, 
  • scenography, 
  • musical theatre, 
  • Asian performance, 
  • intermediality, 
  • and historiography, 
  • as well as practice as research and practice-based research

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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

  • First or upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree.

Normally we require a UK Masters degree (or equivalent international qualification) in a relevant subject, or relevant professional qualifications and relevant experience in an associated area.

Please submit the following supporting information when making your application:

  • a supporting statement (500 words). This should explain the motivation for studying your chosen programme.
  • a research proposal (1,000-2,000 words). This proposal should:
  • Clearly define the topic you are interested in and demonstrate understanding of your research area.
  • Include two or three research questions that you will explore in your research.
  • Outline the range of research methodologies you will use to undertake the research.
  • Include a provisional bibliography of primary and secondary sources.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16100 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4407 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4407 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
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  • Home/EU: £2,204/year
  • International: £8,050/year

Living costs for Lincoln

  • 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.


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