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Applied Theatre Professional Doctorate (PT) - 2014 entry | The University of Manchester
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Applied Theatre Professional Doctorate (PT)

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Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
72 Months. [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please visit our School's research pages for information regarding our staff, areas of interest, facilities and other information that will help you  apply online.

Programme options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning
PhDYYNN

Programme description

Professional doctorates take explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. Professional doctorates reflect the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. The programme aims to develop dynamic and interactive knowledge practices and outcomes that will have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts. It will support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex, unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which practitioners operate.

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning. This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2014, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £1,998
    International students (per annum): £7,000

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

For subject areas that hold awards in particular years, UK and EU applicants may enter the AHRC Block Grant Partnership competition (deadline to be confirmed). The complete list of subject areas covered and the number of awards available in each year is listed here . This is highly competitive, and applicants should discuss applying with their proposed supervisor as soon as possible. Some awards are usually offered by the School or department: see the  School website  for current information, or contact the Admissions Administrator. Some awards are reserved for international applicants.

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 3559
Facsimile
+44 (0) 161 275 3031
Email
Website
www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/drama/postgraduateresearch/research/

Academic department overview

See: About us

Related subject areas

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

English language

Students whose first language is not English require:

an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component

or

a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test, 250 computer-based test, or 100 internet-based test

or

a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component

English language test validity

Some English language test results are only valid for two years. Your English language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Professional entry qualification

Evidence of a competent level of professional expertise in one or more contexts relevant to applied theatre (arts, education, criminal justice, health, museums and heritage sites, children/youth/community work, international development). Professional experience must be equivalent to at least 36 months continuous employment. Candidates without a Masters degree must demonstrate evidence of a competent level of professional experience equivalent to at least 48 months continuous employment.

How to apply

Please visit our School's research pages for information regarding our staff, areas of interest, facilities and other information that will help you  apply online.

Advice to applicants

We recommend all research applicants to attempt to find a suitable supervisor here at Manchester by searching the subject area of interest to you and looking at their staff list. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT TEACH EVENING CLASSES OR OFFER DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES.

How your application is considered

After considering your writing sample, applicants will be invited to attend an interview with two applied theatre staff. Interviews will be structured around questions exploring professional experience, motivations for study and openness to critical consideration of professional practice. Interviews will help to confirm applicants' sense of critical inquiry and readiness to undertake the programme.

Interview requirements

Interviews will be structured around questions exploring professional experience, motivations for study and openness to critical consideration of professional practice.

Deferrals

Applicants may defer entry provided they have discussed it with their supervisor. Deferred applicants are subject to the fees of the year of entry onto the course.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Transfers

Requests for transfers will be considered individually.

Programme description

Professional doctorates take explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. Professional doctorates reflect the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector. The programme aims to develop dynamic and interactive knowledge practices and outcomes that will have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts. It will support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex, unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which practitioners operate.

The programme introduces practitioners to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice. The programme will be taught within a learning environment and methodology informed by the principles of reflective practice, action or practice-based research and enquiry based learning. This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become a primary research resource.

Aims

Students will receive individual supervision from an academic supervisor with a specialism related to their field of research as well as opportunities to develop reflective enquiry into practice via group-based learning exercises with other practitioners at two long residential weekends per year. All teaching and supervision will be led by applied theatre staff. This approach to teaching and learning supports interdisciplinary research and high levels of engagement and interaction between academic knowledge, policy imperatives and practical applications.

Teaching and learning

Students will receive six individual supervisions a year. Taught units will be facilitated via two long residential weekends annually (Thursday 9am - Sunday midday, to take place each September and April). Each residential will be planned and delivered by at least two applied theatre staff, with invited guest input when and where appropriate.

After completion of the first 12 months of study each student will be assigned a `professional mentor'. The professional mentor will be a reputable, competent and experienced professional in a field related to the candidate's practice-based research. The professional mentor will be selected by programme staff in liaison with the student.

Coursework and assessment

Progress will be monitored primarily via individual supervisions. The key milestones are represented by the assessment for each stage of the process. These are:

Year 1: literature review and research essay (12,000 words in total)

Year 2: conference paper and publishable article (6-8000 words)

Year 3: research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (12,000 words in total)

Year 4-6: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research

Year 6: thesis of 40-45,000 words or practical outcome accompanied by 20-45,000 word dissertation.  

The programme is structured on the basis that the most suitable pathway is the part-time route. However, there is a negotiable full-time route in special cases (which may be more desirable, for example, for students who have accessed funding to support an extended break from the profession, or for retired professionals). Full-time students will have 12 individual supervisions per year, twice-yearly `research panels¿ and access to additional support at residential long weekends to ensure that they can meet key milestones.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Support Office. Email: disability@manchester.ac.uk