Postgraduate research in Drama

We are an internationally recognised centre for research and we have a strong culture of excellence in learning and teaching provision.

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.

Explore our research centres and projects to find out more about our current research topics.

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.

StudentResearch titleFirst supervisorSecond 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
Dr Thomas Kampe (Bath Spa)

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

Nazlihan Eda Ercin

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
Zhiyue Hu

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
Josip Martincic

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.

AwardValueApplication deadlineDescription
Commonwealth PhD Scholarships 2020 (for least developed countries and fragile states) Tuition fees, approved fares and stipend 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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).
*Please note that if you have submitted an application to one of our MPhil/PhD programmes you will not automatically be considered for funding. You must submit a separate funding application, including all required supporting documents, via the link provided in each award to be considered for that award.

We are committed to ensuring you receive high quality research supervision to maximise your potential and prepare you for a rewarding career.

Postgraduate students have access to the wide range of support offered by our Career Zone. In addition, postgraduate research students can access our Postgraduate Researchers' Programme, which covers a range of topics to help you to succeed during your research degree and to act as a springboard for your research career.


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