PhD Applied Theatre

Year of entry: 2020

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 months [full-time], 72 months [part-time]
Entry requirements

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Find out how to apply for this programme .

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme description

Applied theatre is an umbrella term referring inclusively to any form of theatre practice seeking to engage of intervene in social, educational and/or community context.

Our pioneering PhD Applied Theatre doctoral programme is specifically designed for people working in applied theatre who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice.

The structure of the programme is devised to enable you to develop your career while simultaneously undertaking a research project that leads to a doctoral qualification.

This professional practice-focused doctorate aims to engage experienced professionals in advanced research, and reflects the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector.

The programme takes explicit account of the professional practice-base of the student, integrating this as a central knowledge base for the research project, and supporting the development of dynamic knowledge outcomes that can have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts.

We support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which theatre practitioners operate.

The programme will introduce you to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on your professional practice.

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2020, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £19,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA

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

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

Please note that while 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.

You may also be eligible for a postgraduate loan from the government. Find out more about this and other sources of funding on the funding opportunities page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 3559
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/drama/research/postgraduate-research/
School/Faculty

See: About us

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Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require successful completion of a master's course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.

English language

Students whose first language is not English require one of the following:

  • an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component, or
  • a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test, or
  • a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component, or
  • an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit 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

We require 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.

Other entry requirements

The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

If you are thinking of applying to do a research degree in applied theatre, you should consult the individual web profiles of our members of staff in Drama and think about how their research interests coincide with your own. Our web profiles include our emails, so you can easily contact us if you wish.

It is the nature of research that it is exploratory and breaks new ground, and we can help you judge what areas you might most profitably explore.

We recommend all research applicants attempt to find a suitable supervisor here at Manchester by browsing the subject website and looking at the staff list

Find out more on the how to apply page.

Please note that we do not teach evening classes or offer distance learning courses.

How your application is considered

After considering your research proposal, 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

The University requires an interview for all applicants to whom we consider making an offer.

Interviews will be conducted by two academics, usually the proposed main supervisor and the subject PGR Director (or an assigned representative).

The interview can be either face-to-face or via Skype, conference call or email.

The interview serves several purposes, allowing us to:

  • get a better picture of your ability to carry out the proposed doctoral project than the research proposal on its own;
  • tell you what the proposed supervisor(s) can bring to the project;
  • discuss with you directly any potential problems with the practical aspects of your studies and explore solutions together.

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 details

Programme description

Applied theatre is an umbrella term referring inclusively to any form of theatre practice seeking to engage of intervene in social, educational and/or community context.

Our pioneering PhD Applied Theatre doctoral programme is specifically designed for people working in applied theatre who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice.

The structure of the programme is devised to enable you to develop your career while simultaneously undertaking a research project that leads to a doctoral qualification.

This professional practice-focused doctorate aims to engage experienced professionals in advanced research, and reflects the need for structured forms of professional development and reflective practice across the arts sector.

The programme takes explicit account of the professional practice-base of the student, integrating this as a central knowledge base for the research project, and supporting the development of dynamic knowledge outcomes that can have an impact across academic and non-academic contexts.

We support the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which theatre practitioners operate.

The programme will introduce you to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on your professional practice.

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Research environment

In the most recent (2014) Research Excellence Framework assessments, we retained our ranking as second nationally among UK Drama departments, and fifth among all departments represented in Unit of Assessment 35, which also covers Music and Dance.

  • Over half of our research (55%) was rated at the highest, 4* level (ie. 'world leading' research with 'outstanding' impact).
  • A further 32% was ranked at 3* ('internationally excellent' with 'very considerable' impact).

Find out more about our Drama research .

Pioneering programme

Our PhD draws on the supervisory expertise of Manchester's Drama staff, who have long been at the forefront of research in applied theatre and performance, both nationally and internationally.

Researchers in Manchester founded the TiPP Centre (Theatre in Prisons and Probation) in the 1990s, and key research initiatives since include 'In Place' (an international arts project engaging with artists working in war zones), Performance, Learning and Heritage (exploring theatre in museums and heritage sites) and Poor Theatres (researching and documenting theatre and economic justice initiatives).

Graduate School

All of our postgraduate students become members of the Graduate School when you start at Manchester. It has dedicated facilities for students and offers opportunities to collaborate with other postgraduates.

Teaching and learning

The structure of the programme is designed to support people who are embarking on advanced research and who are combining doctoral study with a career.

Students join together in a learning environment to investigate the principles of reflective practice and practice-based research, and to engage in research methods training and group learning about relevant areas of social and cultural theory.

This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become their primary research resource.

Students 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 three-day-long meetings per year.

Coursework and assessment

You will receive monthly individual supervisions.

Researchers work towards key milestones over the course of the programme. Progress is also supported via attendance at two three-day-long meetings per year, in autumn and spring (Thursday to Saturday).

Written and practical work produced for each milestone is revised for the final thesis submission.

Assuming that the PhD is undertaken part-time over a six-year period, the key milestones are:

  • Year 1: literature review (12,000 - 15,000words in total);
  • Year 2: revised research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (10,000 words in total);
  • Year 3-5: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research, including practical work, draft chapters, reflective writing;
  • Year 6: work towards submission of thesis of 80,000words or practical outcome accompanied by a 20-50,000 word thesis.

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 twice yearly workshop meetings to ensure that they can meet key milestones.

Facilities

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Manchester is home to one of the UK's five National Research Libraries - one of the best-resourced academic libraries in the UK and widely recognised as one of the world's greatest research libraries.

Find out more about libraries and study spaces for postgraduate research students at Manchester.

We also have one of the largest academic IT services in Europe - supporting world-class teaching and research. There are extensive computing facilities across campus, with access to standard office software as well as specialist programmes, all connected to the campus network and internet.

Every student is registered for email, file storage and internet access. If more demanding computer access is required, our specialist computing division can provide high-end and specialist computing services.

The Graduate School offers dedicated state of the art facilities to research students, including common rooms and workstations.

Disability support

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

Careers

Career opportunities

The structure of the programme is designed to support people who are embarking on advanced research and who are combining doctoral study with a career.

This programme will help you develop advanced research skills, which can prepare you for a research career and other relevant roles.