Postgraduate research in Drama
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Thesis title: Between Performances, Text, and Editions: The Changeling
Supervisors: Prof Kate Newey, Prof Jane Milling
I study the after life of an early modern play that is not by Shakespeare. As part of Humanities at Exeter there is the opportunity to present your work in front of peers in a really supportive environment at our yearly conference. We're a really cosy community.
Thesis title: Aerial Stars: Femininity, Celebrity & Glamour in the Representations of Female Aerialists in the UK & US in the 1920s and Early 1930s
Supervisors: Prof Kate Newey, Dr Adrian Curtin
Exeter’s strong reputation for research into histories of popular performance and its ethos of praxis made it the ideal institution to support my research. My methodology uses embodied understanding gained as an amateur aerialist to interrogate a range of historical sources. For that reason, I wanted a place that could improve the rigour of my historiographical approach and that also understood how practice could illuminate aerial histories.
We are one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK and offer a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from all around the world. Our impressive reputation is backed up by consistently high scores for student satisfaction. Whatever your field of study – theatre, performing, directing, theory, writing for performance, dramaturgy, criticism, new media, analysis or historiography – you will have access to expert supervision, excellent practical resources and creative association with fellow students.
The department has a lively tradition of research and creative activity and many members of staff are writers and performers. We work with external artists and theatre companies to produce research-based theatre and performance. Students benefit from collaborations with organisations such as the Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Institute, local and national theatre companies, and public sector bodies such as hospitals, prisons and schools.
Our research in the area of Art History and Visual Culture is interdisciplinary in scope, reaching across and beyond the Humanities disciplines.
Art History and Visual Culture staff publish on the history of art, curate exhibitions, work with a variety of arts institutions and lead major externally funded research projects on curatorial engagements with performance archives; the history of French art institutions; the history of Spanish cinema; Victorian medievalism; histories of sacred spaces; and the culture of the suburbs.
Visit our staff pages for details on individual staff research interests and publications.
Our current PhD students
We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. Follow the links below to find out more about our PhD students and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||First supervisor||Second supervisor|
|Ohood s. Alaqeel||The Female Playwrights in Saudi Arabia||Dr Jane Milling||Dr Adrian Curtin|
|Francesco Bentivegna||The human-cyborg dialogue||Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis||Dr Bryan Brown|
|Chloe Bradwell||An exploration of the cultural value of performing arts for people living with dementia||Professor Kerrie Schaefer||Margaret Ames (Aberystwyth)|
|Lin Chen||Comparative analysis of framing in theatre/performance studies||Dr. Michael Pearce||
Professor Jane Milling
|Giorgia Ciampi||Practicing affectivity: a phenomenological study of the contemporary actor’s affective expression||Professor Rebecca Loukes||
Professor Giovanna Colombetti
|Bojana Daw Srdanovic||How does the production of professional theatre affect the wellbeing and community participation of artists living with learning disabilities?||Professor Kerrie Schaefer||Professor Manuela Barreto, Professor Martin Levinson|
|Sinibaldo De Rosa||The Alevi Semah as Intangible Cultural Heritage and Transnational Transcendence.||Professor Jerri Daboo||John O'Connell|
|Performing Virginity: A Practice-Led Research about the Perceptions and Practices of Virginity in Turkey||Professor Jerri Daboo|
|Sophia Edlund||Voicing Thelxis||Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis Dr Adrian Curtin|
|Roger Farrell||Rules, roles, relationships: exploring creative pathways between imaginary play and structured drama in late childhood and the implications for creativity in education and society.||Professor Kerrie Schaefer||Dr Rebecca Hillman|
|Elaine Faull||Theatre Alibi project||Professor Cathy Turner|
|Giselle Garcia||Translation, Adaptation and Flanerie: the Fate of Shakespearean Performance in Manila's Urban Forms||Dr Kara Reilly||Professor Cathy Turner|
|Aldith Gauci||A Living Masquerade: A study of Jola’s Kumpo in Senegambia (Working Title)||Prof Heike Roms||Prof Jerri Daboo|
Representing East Asian identities in 21st Century British Theatre
|Dr Rebecca Loukes||Dr Michael Pearce|
|Alexandra MacKenzie||When you're here, we are here also. An examination of how contemporary sacred re-enactments reveal Mormon faith and strengthen Mormon Identity in the 21st century.||Dr Sarah Goldingay||Dr Rebecca Loukes|
|Aparna Mahiyaria||Understanding Politics, Aesthetics and Performance: A Study of the Development of Street Theatre in Delhi, India||Professor Cathy Turner||Shivali Tukdeo|
Cultural Authority of Theatre Critics in Late 19th Century London
|Professor Kate Newey||Dr. Adrian Curtin|
|Kate Massey-Chase||How can my Applied Drama practice support young people in the transition between Child and Adolescent and Adult Mental Health Services?||Professor Jane Milling|
|Tom Nicholas||Representations of regional English cities in contemporary drama||Professor Cathy Turner||Dr Katie Beswick|
|Elizabeth Philps||Parents Performing Walking: how can understandings of walking performance be enhanced through participatory live art works which include children?||Professor Cathy Turner||Dr Rebecca Loukes|
|Alison Rockbrand||Rite of Performance: Identity Construction in Contemporary Esoteric Performances.||Dr Sarah Goldingay|
Supervisors - all students have a primary and a secondary supervisor who provide regular, high quality advice, support and direction in their academic endeavours. You will work closely with your supervisors over three to four years (full time PhD) or six to seven (part-time PhD) to develop, investigate and write-up a project at the cutting edge of theological research.
Visit our staff profiles for more information about individual research interests or use the search box on the right of this page to find a supervisor.
Mentor - each student will also be assigned a mentor who will take on a pastoral role and mediate on any problems that arise during the period of study. Your mentor will keep in regular contact and will provide background stability and support.
Graduate School Office - the College of Humanities has a dedicated Graduate School Office that supports our postgraduate research students during their study with us. The Office promotes intellectual and social contact between research students in all our disciplines to foster a vibrant research community within the College.
Funding opportunities available to students on our research degree programmes in Drama:*
More information on the funding process.
|The neural circuit basis of spatial memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease. PhD in Medical Studies (MRC GW4 BioMed DTP)||Stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum (£15,009 p.a. for 2019/20, updated each year) plus UK/EU tuition fees||Mon 25th Nov 2019||The loss of memories of places is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These “spatial memories” are generated by networks of space coding neurons, called place cells, in a key brain structure for memory called the hippocampus. This project will use cutting-edge in vivo brain imaging to discover how place cells become disrupted in AD, and attempt to treat this using drugs that target AD pathology.|
|China Scholarship Council and University of Exeter PhD Scholarships||Full tuition fees and Living Allowance||Mon 6th Jan 2020||The University of Exeter alongside the China Scholarship Council is pleased to offer fully funded studentship available for September 2020 entry.|
|ESRC SWDTP +3 and 1+3 studentships: Health and Wellbeing, for 2020/21 entry||£15,009 per annum for 2019-20||Tue 21st Jan 2020||ESRC SWDTP funded studentships available for September 2020 entry. For eligible students, the studentship will provide funding of fees and a stipend which is currently £15,009 per annum for 2019-20.|
|2020/21 PhD Global Excellence Studentship - College of Humanities||International tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 per year (2019/20 rate)||Mon 2nd Mar 2020||Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering one fully-funded PhD Global Excellence Studentship (open to International candidates only) for study commencing in September 2020, across any of its areas of research expertise.|
|College of Humanities PhD Studentship||UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate of £15,009 per year (2019/20 rate)||Mon 2nd Mar 2020||Exeter’s College of Humanities is offering 1 fully funded PhD studentships (open to UK/EU candidates only) for study commencing in September 2020, across any of its areas of research expertise.|
|Sanctuary Scholarship||Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant||Mon 18th May 2020||The Sanctuary Scholarship scheme enables individuals seeking asylum and refugees who are not able access student finance to study at the University of Exeter.|
|Sports Scholarship Scheme||up to £3,000 plus additional support services worth £3,500||Sun 31st May 2020||Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.|
|US Department of Education - Federal Student Loan||Variable||Tue 30th Jun 2020||The federal government offers a number of financial aid programs, including these loans, to help pay for your education.|
|Class of 2020 Progression Award||10% reduction in first year tuition fee||There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered.||A tuition fee discount for current University of Exeter students completing a full degree in 2020 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate course in September 2020.|
|University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship||10% reduction in first year tuition fee||There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered.||A tuition fee discount for all University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us from September 2020.|
|Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards||Full tuition waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend||Deadline passed
(Tue 8th Oct 2019)
|Our UK Partnership award with Fulbright is available for Masters or Doctoral students who are USA or dual USA:UK citizens wishing to study at the University. The award takes the form of a tuition fee waiver for the first year of graduate study (either Masters or PhD) and a living stipend. We also accept scholars in receipt of Fulbright 'Open Awards' (also referred to as the All Disciplines Award).|
|Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states)||Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend||Deadline passed
(Wed 30th Oct 2019)
|Commonwealth PhD Scholarships are for candidates from the least developed countries and fragile states in the Commonwealth, put forward by various nominating bodies, for full-time doctoral study at a UK university.|
|Said Foundation Scholarships||Varies||Deadline passed
(Fri 1st Nov 2019)
|The Said Foundation offers around thirty postgraduate scholarships to nationals from Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Syria who are also permanent residents in these target countries.|
|2020/21 Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships (low and middle income countries)||Visiting scholar tuition fee, approved fares, and personal maintenance||Deadline passed
(Wed 6th Nov 2019)
|Commonwealth Split-site Scholarships are for PhD candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, to spend up to 12 months at a UK university as part of their doctoral studies in their home country.|
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