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MPhil/PhD Drama

MPhil/PhD 3 years 5 years School of Fine and Performing Arts Lincoln Campus [L] Validated

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While studying for an MPhil or PhD, you can undertake independent research in an area of your choice, supervised and supported by a team of academics. You have access to a range of training opportunities to enable you to develop your research skills.

Research expertise in the School focuses on the areas of dance, drama and music, with internationally recognised academic excellence in contemporary theatre-making; practice as research; theatre, consciousness and Asian performance; popular performance forms such as musical theatre; and the body in performance.

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 usually 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.

How To Apply

Enrolment Dates

To support your experience within the postgraduate research community, new students are encouraged to enrol in October, February or May.

In addition to meeting peers across the University who are starting their research programme at the same time, there is access to a central training programme designed around the first three months of study, and targeted support aligned to each stage of the postgraduate research journey. Alternative enrolment dates may be agreed with your supervisor on an individual basis.

To apply for this programme, please use the button at the top of this page.

Entry Requirements

2:1 honours degree and an MA degree.

Key Contacts

Professor John Bull

+44 (0)1522 886644


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 the 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 £1,800
International £15,600 £7,800
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £653 £653
Thesis Pending Overseas (MPhil/PhD only) £1,156 £1,156


2017/18 Entry* Full-time Part-time
Home/EU £4,600 £2,300
(including Alumni Scholarship** 30% reduction)
£3,220 £1,610
International £15,600 £7,800
Thesis Pending Home/EU (MPhil/PhD only) £686 £686
Thesis Pending Overseas (MPhil/PhD only) £1,214 £1,214

* Academic year August - July
** UoL Alumni students only enrolling on to a Postgraduate Research programme. 20% Offset (30% offset for 2017/18 entry) 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.

Research students may be required to pay additional fees in addition to cover the cost of specialist resources, equipment and access to any specialist collections that may be required to support their research project. These will be informed by the research proposal submitted and will be calculated on an individual basis. Any additional fees will be outlined in your offer letter, prior to accepting your place at the University of Lincoln.

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.