Key Information

Full-time

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

Part-time

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

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

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Course Code

DRADRARP

Key Information

Full-time

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

Part-time

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

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

DRADRARP

MPhil/PhD Drama MPhil/PhD Drama

The School of Fine and Performing Arts is a centre of creativity with a purpose-built arts venue, studios, and gallery. It is home to a vibrant artistic community where students and staff work alongside one another to explore new synergies between fine and performing arts.

Key Information

Full-time

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

Part-time

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

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

DRADRARP

Key Information

Full-time

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

Part-time

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

Campus

Brayford Pool

Validation Status

Validated

Fees

View

Course Code

DRADRARP

Dr Jacqueline Bolton - Programme Leader

Dr Jacqueline Bolton - Programme Leader

Dr Jacqueline Bolton is Senior Lecturer of Theatre and Drama in the College of Arts. Her primary research activity explores practices of contemporary theatre-making in Britain through research which unites the theoretical analysis of plays and performances with the material and ideological contexts - professions, institutions, histories, reading practices - from which they emerge.

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Welcome to MPhil/PhD Drama

While studying for an MPhil or PhD, students have the chance 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.

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.

Welcome to MPhil/PhD Drama

While studying for an MPhil or PhD, students have the chance 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.

The School of Fine and Performing Arts boasts extensive research expertise in the fields of drama, theatre, and performance studies where a team of academics offer continued supervision and support throughout. Areas of specialism include playwriting, dramaturgy, scenography, musical theatre, Asian performance, intermediality, and historiography, as well as practice as research and practice-based research.

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.

How You Study

Due to the nature of postgraduate research programmes, the majority of time is spent in independent study and research. Students may have meetings with their academic supervisor, but the frequency of these will vary depending on individual requirements, subject area, staff availability, and stage of programme.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How You Study

Our postgraduate research programmes enable independent specialist study, which is supported by regular supervisions with academic supervisor(s). Supervisions are held monthly for full-time students, and every two months for part-time students.

Progression points throughout the programme (Confirmation of Studies, Annual Monitoring Review and Transfer) allow students to present their work to colleagues within the School. These are opportunities to ensure that the programme of research is on track and meets the required standards.

What You Need to Know

We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs. For research programmes this includes research fees and research support fees.

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How you are assessed

Students will be expected to write an 80,000 word thesis on a subject agreed with their proposed supervisor, prior to Admission to the College.

Students completing a practice-based PhD will be required to produce a substantial body of performance or creative work and a thesis of between 25,000 – 40,000 words.

The thesis is examined by two examiners and includes a Viva Voce (oral) examination.

Students will produce an 80,000 word thesis on a subject agreed with their proposed supervisor(s).

Students completing a practice-based PhD will be required to produce a substantial body of performance or creative work and a thesis of between 25,000 – 40,000 words.

The thesis is examined by two examiners (one external to the School, one internal) and includes a Viva Voce (oral) examination.

Fees and Scholarships

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Postgraduate study is an investment in yourself and your future, and it's important to understand the costs involved and the funding options available before you start. A full breakdown of the fees associated with this programme can be found on our course fees pages.

Course Fees

There are more ways than ever before to fund your postgraduate study, whether you want to do a taught or research course. For those wishing to undertake a Master's course, you can apply for a loan as a contribution towards the course and living costs. Loans are also available to those who wish to undertake doctoral study. The University offers a number of scholarships and funded studentships for those interested in postgraduate study. Learn how Master's and PhD loans, scholarships, and studentships can help you fund your studies on our Postgraduate Fees and Funding pages.

Entry Requirements 2020-21

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

International students will also require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each part.

Entry Requirements 2021-22

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

International students will also require English Language at IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each part.

Teaching and Learning During Covid-19

At Lincoln, Covid-19 has encouraged us to review our practices and, as a result, to take the opportunity to find new ways to enhance the student experience. We have made changes to our teaching and learning approach and to our campus, to ensure that students and staff can enjoy a safe and positive learning experience. We will continue to follow Government guidance and work closely with the local Public Health experts as the situation progresses, and adapt our teaching and learning accordingly to keep our campus as safe as possible.

Research Areas, Projects and Topics

The School of Fine and Performing Arts boasts extensive research expertise in the fields of drama, theatre, and performance studies where a team of academics offer continued supervision and support throughout. Areas of specialism include playwriting, dramaturgy, scenography, musical theatre, Asian performance, intermediality, and historiography, as well as practice as research and practice-based research.

How to Apply

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.

In addition, you may want to:

  • Include a brief literature review of the key works that relate to your topic, particularly if this helps to exemplify the point below.
  • Explain clearly how your research contributes to existing scholarship in the area; what gaps will it fill? How will it further knowledge of the area?
  • Sketch out a provisional plan of work that includes research/archival visits and a timetable for the writing of chapters.

Please note: a research proposal will only be considered if there are academics in the subject with an interest in your field. Please study the staff profiles closely to make sure there is at least one member of staff whose interests intersect broadly with your own.

All suitable applicants will be invited for an interview, either in person or via Skype.

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.

Postgraduate Events

Find out more about how postgraduate study can help further your career, develop your knowledge, or even prepare you to start your own business at one of our postgraduate events.

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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.
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