PhD Applied Theatre / Application and selection
Year of entry: 2023
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How to apply
Please ensure you include all required supporting documents at the time of submission, as incomplete applications may not be considered. A Personal Statement is NOT required to be submitted. You should select 'Supporting Statement is not required for this programme'.
Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.
To be considered for all funding sources, you need to apply far enough in advance of the relevant funding competition deadlines, which are usually much earlier than the programme deadline listed below. For studentships within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures (including AHRC NWCDTP and ESRC NWSSDTP), you must submit your completed programme application by Friday 13 January 2023 unless specfied otherwise in the funding competition information at www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/opportunities/
If you are applying for or have secured external funding (for example, from an employer or government) or are self-funding, you must submit your application before the relevant deadline to be considered. You will not be able to apply after these deadlines have passed.
- For September 2023 entry: 30 June 2023
- For January 2024 entry: 30 September 2023
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.
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.
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.