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PhD in Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media (by research)

Unleash your creativity with the production of a substantial piece of original research. 

Show year of entry: 2022

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We welcome PhD proposals on a wide variety of research topics relating to theatre, film, television and interactive media.

This PhD programme is aimed at individuals:

  • seeking to reach a professional standard of academic research and to pursue a career in either Higher Education or professional theatre, film, television or interactive media.
  • working professionally in theatre, film, television or interactive media who wish to make a career move into teaching and research in Higher Education.
  • working in theatre, film, television or interactive media who wish to develop their careers with the production of a substantial piece of original research.

Our staff and their research interests offer a wide range of academic and professional practice expertise.

We welcome both discipline specific and interdisciplinary research projects and our school has a number of overarching research themes. These include:

  • Cultures, Histories and Legacies
  • Creative Technologies
  • Contemporary Practice
  • Community, Health, Inclusion and Education

Your research

Under the supervision of one or more staff members with expertise relevant to the project topic, you will research and write a thesis of between 80,000 and 100,000 words.

As a research student you are also supported by a Thesis Advisory panel (TAP) which includes an additional academic staff member who is not a supervisor.

The programme has a full-time and a part-time route. The full-time route comprises three years study, plus one optional additional year for completion. The part-time route comprises six years study.

You will need to pass formal progression points at 12 and 24 months to ensure your work is on track in terms of the production and presentation of your work.

Creative insight

Join a creative community of industry professionals, dedicated academics and talented students.

Funding

Explore Arts and Creative Technologies funding for MPhil/PhD researchers and wider postgraduate support.

Supervision

You will be assigned with a supervisor with expertise relevant to the project topic you will research, and develop a thesis on.

Course location

You will be based in the School of Arts and Creative Technologies on Campus East. Most of our facilities and supervisory staff are housed here.

Entry requirements

You will normally have completed a Masters degree in a relevant subject and have gained at least a merit pass or equivalent. Relevant professional experience in theatre, film, television or interactive media production may also be taken into consideration.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of your ability.

English language requirements

Applying

Apply for the PhD in Theatre, Film, Television, and Interactive Media by research

Take a look at the supporting documents you may need for your application.

You will need to submit a proposal setting out:

  • The research question(s) that the PhD will address;
  • a clear indication of the methodologies to be adopted;
  • a summary of the relevant scholarly field or context that the project will engage with and contribute to; and
  • a provisional bibliography. 

You will also normally be required to provide a sample of your written work.

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