Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

Drama research degrees

Postgraduate - Research

MA by Research MPhil PhD

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About our programmes

Drama at Hull has a strong reputation for world-leading and internationally excellent research. We offer supervision of research degrees at three levels, MA by Research, MPhil and PhD, in a wide range of subjects, reflecting both the individual interests of staff and our research groupings in Performance, Technology and Aesthetics; Performance Translation and Dramaturgy; and Research in Engagement and Participation.

Your research might take the traditional form of a wholly written thesis, or might be based on experimental practice supplemented by written critical commentary and other forms of documentation. Either way, you have the opportunity to expand your own knowledge, and that of the subject area, through original research in a form tailored to your needs, under expert guidance. We have three well-equipped performance studios – all with backstage facilities, including dressing rooms, control rooms, a design workshop, and costume and prop stores. Students also benefit from visits by speakers, trips to see performances and professional touring theatre, dance and music performances.

Research supervisors


Open for admission in 2018/19

Full time Part time
MA by Research 1 year 2 years
MPhil 2 years 3 years
PhD 4 years 7 years

Start in January, June or September


Our experts welcome applications for postgraduate study across a broad range of topics. Our main research interests include:

Performance Histories

  • Classical Greek theatre
  • Medieval theatre
  • Early Modern English and European theatre
  • Early Soviet theatre
  • Czech theatre
  • Contemporary British and European drama

Applied and Social Theatre and Performance

  • Disability arts and culture
  • Theatre, engagement and citizenship
  • Performance and activism
  • Sport and performance
  • Performance, democracy and participation

Performance Practices

  • Scenography
  • Collaborative practices
  • Popular performance
  • Comedy
  • Theatre and embodiment
  • Live art
  • Intermedial performance
  • Audience studies
  • Historical and contemporary acting and directing practices
  • Systems of actor training
  • Theories of rehearsal
  • Dance and choreography

World and Intercultural Theatre and Performance

  • Afro-Caribbean and diasporic theatres
  • Theatre translation
  • Cultural re-appropriations of theatrical forms 

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £4,260 (full-time) 
  • Home/EU: £2,130 (part-time)
  • International: £14,000 (full-time)

Please note, fees for International applicants for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all research degree programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

The University’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (PGTS) provides a range of modules (both generic and discipline-specific) to support research students through their programme. 

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The library has an exclusive lounge for postgraduate research students and a dedicated Skills Team to provide a wide range of study and research skills help.

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The Graduate School provides support to postgraduate research students. Offering skills development opportunities and dedicated facilities, the school is here to help you achieve your potential.

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Research at Hull tackles big challenges and makes an impact on lives globally, every day. Our current research portfolio spans everything from health to habitats, food to flooding and supply chain to slavery.

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Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in drama, theatre studies or a related subject (or international equivalent). Applicants without a Masters degree will be registered on the MPhil programme in the first instance.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.