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Performing Arts and Production


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What is Performing Arts and Production PhD?

The School of Arts offers a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment, consisting of a diverse culture of interdisciplinary postgraduate research. You’ll benefit from working with a team of both research-active and industry-connected supervisors.


We have a well-established research reputation and strong links and partnerships with arts organisations, professional dance companies, dance practitioners and publishing houses in the UK and internationally.

We welcome students interested in:

  • dance, somatics and philosophy
  • dance, spirituality and religious studies
  • dance science
  • performance praxis
  • community dance and education
  • inter-cultural and cross-cultural dance cultures.


Our growing drama community offers opportunities to engage in a rich programme of talks and workshops from visiting lecturers/companies. You’ll also benefit from our close links with local professional theatres and festivals.

You’ll be supported by staff whose specialisms include:

  • devising
  • writing for performance
  • acting
  • classical, immersive and participatory theatre
  • theatrical adaptation
  • multimedia and site-related performance
  • theatre and education and applied theatre.

Performing Arts

Postgraduate study in performing arts covers a wide range of topics, with a focus on interdisciplinary work. Members of the performing arts team have a particular interest in practice as research.

Areas of research interest and experience include:

  • musical theatre
  • devising
  • writing for performance
  • live and mediated performance
  • theatre and interactivity
  • applied theatre
  • health, wellbeing and resilience.

This research contributes to the research priority areas Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Creative Practice as Research.

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Entry requirements

    • MA or MSc by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area

    • PhD: a master’s degree or equivalent in a subject area relevant to the proposed research topic

    • We actively encourage applications from students from a range of diverse backgrounds who demonstrate appropriate research experience and achievement

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in any other component) or equivalent

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Oct 2021 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2021 Oxstalls, Gloucester £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Distance Learning £3,333 £6,667
Feb 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester £3,333 £6,667
Oct 2022 Distance Learning
Oct 2022 Oxstalls, Gloucester
Feb 2023 Distance Learning
Feb 2023 Oxstalls, Gloucester

Industry links

Students are encouraged to present their research findings at national and international conferences and symposia annually. Gloucestershire’s vibrant cultural community, with its numerous festivals and events, provides a rich and lively learning environment for our students.

Join our community

Be a part of our vibrant School of Arts and engage in postgraduate research that is both cutting edge and creative.

Students at the performing arts gala

Connect with theatres and festivals

We have close links with local professional theatres and festivals like Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre and Strike a Light Festival in Gloucester.

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Present your work

You’ll have the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and to present your work and ideas as your research develops. You’ll also gain support to submit your work for publication.

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