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PhD Drama
Flexible research supervision in theatre studies, applied theatre and screen studies.

PhD Drama / Overview

Year of entry: 2018

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
36 months [Full-time], 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
 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme description

The research degrees of MPhil and PhD are offered in any of the main three strands of Drama at Manchester: Theatre Studies, Applied Theatre and Screen Studies. You will have a supervisor with a specialism related to your field of research, and have the option to write a full 80,000 word thesis or complete a practice-based dissertation. The practice-based dissertation gives you the opportunity to submit practice as part of your final thesis submission. The staff/student seminar series, Cultivating Research, provides a regular forum of debate and the presentation of short papers on a wide range of topics, and acts as a focal point in the postgraduate research culture.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Drama at Manchester retained our ranking as second nationally among UK Drama departments. All staff are research active within the three main strands that comprise our profile: Theatre/Performance Studies, Applied Theatre, and Screen Studies. These areas interlink, and both staff and students are keen to cross the boundaries from one area of research to another. The notion of 'dialogue' - with ideas, practices, communities - is at the heart of all our practical and intellectual explorations. We regularly initiate research-council-funded projects, present seminar series and host conferences. You can get a sense of the range of our research activity by looking at our blog: and following us on twitter: @UoMDrama


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,260
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £2,130

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.


The School offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which can be found via the links below.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details below:

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
+44 (0) 161 275 3559
Academic department overview

See: About us

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