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MPhil/PhD Performing Arts Research Opportunities

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While studying for an MPhil or PhD, you are expected to undertake independent research in an area of your choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. You will have access to a range of training opportunities provided by the University that aim to develop your research skills.

Example research areas include theatre and consciousness, adaptation, translation and dramaturgy, musical theatre, intercultural theatre, modern European avant garde, Indian theatre, gender and performance, German theatre, playwriting, Shakespeare’s theatre, directing, dance and technology, 20th Century British theatre, contemporary experimental performance, practice as research, embodiment and postcolonial theatre.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Example Research Areas include:

  • Theatre and Consciousness
  • Modern European Avant Garde
  • German Theatre
  • Dance and Choreography
  • 20th Century British Theatre
  • Contemporary Experimental Performance
  • Indian Theatre
  • Musical Theatre

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the vast majority of your time will be spent in independent study and research. You will have meetings with your academic supervisor, however the regularity of these will vary depending on your own individual requirements, subject area, staff availability and the stage of your programme.

How You Are Assessed

A PhD is awarded based on the quality of your thesis and your ability in an oral examination (viva voce) to present and successfully defend your chosen research topic to a group of academics. You are also expected to demonstrate how your research findings have contributed to knowledge or developed existing theory or understanding.

Entry Requirements

Typical requirements include a good undergraduate degree (2.1 or First) and an MA degree.

Key Contacts

Dr Catherine Burge
+44 (0)1522 835134

+44 (0)1522 83 7373


Students have access to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6 million, 450-seat professional theatre on the University’s Brayford Pool Campus. The Centre hosts a year-round programme of comedy, dance, drama and musical performance from students and national touring companies Facilities include industry-standard studio and rehearsal spaces.

Career and Personal Development

An MPhil or PhD 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.

Tuition Fees

2016/17 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,500 £2,250
(including Alumni Scholarship** 20% reduction)
£3,600 £1,750
International £15,600 £7,800
(Including International Alumni / Global Postgraduate Scholarship*** £2,000 reduction)
£13,600 £6,240
 Thesis Pending £TBA £TBA

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset against the tuition fee payable for each year of study.
*** All International students holding a UoL degree when enrolling on a PG programme. First year’s fees only.

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Research

Full time and part time postgraduate research students will be invoiced the published set fee each academic year enrolled, up to the point of thesis submission.

Upon first enrolment, the full set fee is payable.

All continuing students are required to re-enrol on their anniversary of their first enrolment. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students on re-enrolment.

A reduced ‘writing-up’ fee in the 12 month period prior to thesis submission may be applicable subject to your progress. After your Viva Voce examination, additional fees will be payable if a second Viva Voce examination is required.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.