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Research degrees in Drama

Research students in the Department of Drama study in one of the United Kingdom's leading centres for performance research. We welcome applications from graduate students who research in any of our areas of expertise.

Research students play an important part in Drama's collaborations with leading arts organisations, including the BarbicanShakespeare's GlobeGran Teatre del Liceu BarcelonaActors' Touring Company, the London Film FestivalLIFT, and AfroReggae.

The Department of Drama webpages have detailed instructions on how to find a supervisor and how to apply. Please read these and following the instructions before making an electronic application through this page. 

We offer supervision across topics including, but by no means limited to:

  • Performance and the city
  • Site-specific performance and installation art
  • Space and place
  • Applied and socially engaged theatre and performance, especially in relation to young people, older people, prisons, Brazil, development, democracy and human rights
  • Theatre in Education
  • National, intercultural, and transnational performance, especially in relation to the UK, Europe (particularly Ireland, Spain, Italy), South Africa, Canada, USA, Latin America (particularly Argentina and Brazil), and New Zealand
  • Cultural identities
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism
  • Cultural economics of performance
  • Cultural value and cultural policy
  • Labour
  • Democracy
  • Community
  • Theatre and political economy
  • Live Art and Performance Art
  • Subcultural histories
  • Gender and sexuality, especially feminist, gay, lesbian, and queer performance histories and practices
  • Early modern drama in performance, especially early modern and contemporary contexts
  • Directing and directors' theatre
  • Theories and histories of actor training
  • Contemporary performance-making processes and practitioners
  • Translation
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatricality
  • Audience and spectatorship
  • Affect
  • Senses in performances
  • 'The body' and embodiment
  • Tragedy
  • Opera and music theatre
  • Dance theatre and physical theatre
  • Cultural performance history and historiography

For informal enquiries and academic advice, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Drama:

Dr Dominic Johnson
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8567 
email: d.f.johnson@qmul.ac.uk

Apply online

PhD Full-time Drama - Semester 1 start (between September-December)PhD Part-time Drama - Semester 1 start (between September-December)
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