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MPhil/PhD Performing Arts Research Opportunities

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The School of Fine & Performing Arts offers supervision for research at MPhil/PhD level in a wide range of arts-related fields, including playwriting, theatre translation and adaption, dramaturgy, theatre and consciousness, avant garde performance and political theatre.

Research Areas, Projects & Topics

Research areas covered within the School include:

  • Theatre and consciousness
  • Adaptation, translation, and dramaturgy Intercultural theatre
  • German theatre
  • Indian theatre
  • American theatre
  • 20th Century British theatre
  • 20th Century French theatre
  • Shakespeare’s theatre
  • Practice as research
  • Modern European Avant-Garde
  • Contemporary experimental performance
  • Dance and technology
  • Embodiment
  • Directing
  • Postcolonial theatre
  • Gender and performance.

How You Study

Study at MPhil/PhD level takes the form of supervised individual research. You work on one topic of your choice for the duration of the study period. On a regular basis, you will produce appropriate written or performative work, submit it to your supervisor(s), then meet with your supervisor(s) to receive feedback on your submission and agree the next stage of work.

How You Are Assessed

The assessment at this level of study takes the form of a dissertation or a practical work combined with written critical reflection, followed by an oral examination to discuss the dissertation or practical work and reflection.

Interviews & Applicant Days

Based on receipt of an application form, suitable applicants are invited to interview.

Entry Requirements

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

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Students have access to the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, a £6million purpose-built arts centre which runs its own unique programme of public arts events throughout the year. The Centre includes a 450-seat theatre, three large studio spaces for performance and rehearsal, dressing rooms and a full workshop for the building of sets and props.

Career and Personal Development

Completion of a PhD, as the highest possible university degree, is in most cases the starting point for an academic career.


2014/15 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,211 £13,871
Part-time £2,106 £6,936


2015/16 Entry* UK/EU International
Full-time £4,337 £14,703
Part-time £2,169 £7,352
Thesis Pending £629 £1,282

* Academic year September- July

Guidance for Postgraduate Fees

Postgraduate Taught

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2280.

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 for students commencing August and September. Fees will be charged pro-rata for enrolments October through to July. For example, if the relevant full time fee is £4088 and you first enrol in November, your tuition fees will be (£4088/12)*9 = £3066

 All continuing students are required to re-enrol no later than September of each academic year. The relevant set full time or part time fee is payable by all continuing students each academic year (including continuing students that re-enrol later than September).

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. Occasionally provision may be altered in order to meet changing circumstances or to keep courses up to date with trends and developments in subject areas. Specific programme queries should be directed to the teaching department. Fees for all our courses may increase each year in line with government regulations and are subject to change.

Always check our website for the latest information about entry tariffs, fees & funding before making your application to the University.