Drama (MA by Research / MRes / PhD)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


Oxstalls, Gloucester

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

Postgraduate research in drama enables you to benefit from the expertise of research active staff with a wide range of knowledge in areas including: devising; writing for performance; acting; immersive and participatory theatre; theatrical adaptation; multimedia performance; classical theatre; site-related performance; theatre and education and applied theatre.

As a postgraduate researcher you will be supported by staff members who have a wide range of research interests and professional experience in the drama subject area; and you will draw on their experience of a variety of research epistemologies and methodologies, including creative approaches and practice as research. You will have the opportunity to attend national and international conferences and to present your work and ideas as your research develops. You will gain support to submit your work for publication.

Our Research students are part of a growing drama community in the School of Arts offering opportunities for collaborating with other drama students at all levels.

If you are interested in practice as research you will be able to present your performance work in our new studio facilities at the Oxstalls campus, which include a multimedia theatre studio, and black box and white box spaces. You will also have the opportunity to stage your performance work at our partner professional venues.

This research contributes to the subject community Performing Arts and Play and the research priority areas Sport, Exercise, Health and Wellbeing and Creative Practice as Research.

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Entry requirements

  • MA by Research/MRes: at least a 2.1 honours degree from a UK university 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
  • In exceptional circumstances, we will consider applications from non-graduates with experience of undertaking research or graduates who wish to work in a new subject area
  • Registration is usually for MA by Research, with the possibility of transfer to PhD
  • Candidates with a masters degree in a relevant subject that contains appropriate research methods training may register for PhD directly
  • 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


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Don Parker

Staff Profile

Dr. Don Parker

Academic Subject Leader for Design

"Don is a designer, educator and creative strategist with interests in film, marketing, advertising and popular culture. He is the Academic Subject Leader for Design and Post Graduate Lead for the School of Arts. His practice and research sit at the borders of art, design, media and business."


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Links with Local Professional Institutions

Close links with local professional theatres and festivals, including: the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford; Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; and Strike a Light Festival, Gloucester.

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Visiting Lecturers

Our growing drama community offers opportunities to engage in a rich programme of talks and workshops from visiting lecturers/companies.


International Study Visits

Opportunities to join in with the drama subject area’s regular national and international study visits.

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