Research ( full-time)
January 2018, April 2018, September 2017
MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time). 2-4 years (part-time).
PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
PhD: 2-5 years (full-time). 3-6 years (part-time).
Distance-learning supervision available on this course.
This course is located in the Department of Music and Performing Arts. Find out more about our research.
Our PhD research programmes will allow you to explore your own interests in theatre, drama and performance, supported by the expertise of our staff.
At Anglia Ruskin, our theatre, drama and performance research focuses on twentieth-century, contemporary and experimental performance, interrogating both theatre-making processes and performance outcomes. It covers a broad spectrum of performance forms, including text-based theatre work; interdisciplinary and collaborative performance, involving such aspects as digital media, interculturalism, medicine, dance, physicality and music; devising and directing strategies; critical theory; and live art practice.
The interdisciplinary nature of our research creates a rich and stimulating environment for staff and students. You’ll benefit from a variety of research-oriented events, including our Faculty and Departmental research seminar series, performance events and international conferences.
We also enjoy links with the wider community, including local arts venues like The Junction, the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and Kettle's Yard; the University of Cambridge's Centre for Research into Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH); and various NHS health providers.
Our staff are recognised as experts in their fields and have produced a number of influential books, journal articles, edited collections and creative artefacts.
Dr Gianna Bouchard, BA, MA, PhD (Principal Lecturer): contemporary theatre practice & critical theory; live art; performance and Interdisciplinary arts practice; medical discourse and performance.
Dr Nigel Ward, MA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): directing; intercultural performance; digital performance; Antonin Artaud; performance theory; intercultural theatre.
Dr Sue Wilson, BA, MA, PhD (Senior Lecturer): twentieth-century drama and literature; Samuel Beckett's plays and prose; postmodernism in performance, drama and literature; critical theory.
The Department of Music and Performing Arts is a community of over 400 students and staff, working together in a supportive environment to create new and challenging compositions and performances. Our lecturers are research-active practitioners and recognised experts in their field, so our students always have access to the latest theories and practice, as well as invaluable career guidance.
We organise many activities to help our students prepare for the future, like concerts, theatre performances, work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll have access to the world-famous University of Cambridge Library, our own campus library and other local archives.
Our Faculty has a dedicated PhD room, where our doctoral students can all meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.
Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.
We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, in areas like writing up a paper for publication; placing an academic article; giving a conference paper; the doctoral writing style; updates on research methods and literature searches; internet training; editing skills for doctoral research; subsequent monograph publication; and dealing with festivals, agents, and publishers. You might also be able to take on teaching responsibilities in the department, or organise research events like seminars and conferences.
In conjunction with the University’s research support, you can request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.
If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MPhil: You’ll need a Bachelor degree or equivalent with first or upper second class honours, in a related subject area.
PhD: You’ll need a Master degree or equivalent in a related subject area.
Please note we consider most candidates for PhD with progression from MPhil. If you want to apply for direct entry to the PhD route, you’ll also need to provide academic justification for this with your application.
If English is not your first language, you'll require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent test). If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.
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