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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
Qaisar Abbas  From protest to entertainment and streets to halls: Decline of Political Theatre in Punjab Professor Jerri Daboo  Professor Jane Milling
Ohood s. Alaqeel The Female Playwrights in Saudi Arabia Professor Jane Milling Dr Adrian Curtin
Manal Saleh A Alghamdi Live and Mediated Acts of Reading Aloud to Children Professor Heike Roms  Dr Katie Beswick
Helen Ayres (MA by Research) The cognitive and psychological effects of dance on the Practitioner Dr Sarah Goldingay Dr. Rebecca Hillman
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

Narbort (Malavika) Chnige Protest performances: Aesthetics and politics of visibility in public space Dr. Rebecca Hillman  Carol Upadhya (NIAS, India)
Yingnan Chu Comedy, ethnicity and gender: what happens when Chinese perform stand-up comedy in Britain? Professor Kate Newey  Dr. Rebecca Hillman
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
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) Professor Heike Roms Prof Jerri Daboo
Howard Gayton The Esoteric Art of the Fool: mapping Antoine Faivre's core principles of the esoteric onto the modern theatrical Fool Dr Bryan Brown  
Sarah Holden Boyd  Ripped and Resonant: Tensions within Resistance Training and Voice Training for Actors Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis Dr Evelyn O'Malley
Zhiyue Hu

Representing East Asian identities in 21st Century British Theatre

Dr Rebecca Loukes Dr Michael Pearce
Helen Keen On Adult Autism, Social Isolation and Performance Professor Kerrie Schaefer Manuela Barreto (Psychology)
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  
Sophia New Belasco Examining the everyday through plan b's works created with endotic data Professor Heike Roms Professor Cathy Turner
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
Effrosyni Rigopoulou 'May we entertain you?': Ageing Female Vocality in Musical Theatre Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis Professor Jerri Daboo
Alison Rockbrand Rite of Performance: Identity Construction in Contemporary Esoteric Performances. Dr Sarah Goldingay  
Navadee (Dif) Sethamateekul Devising and Directing theatre for blind and visually impaired children Professor Jane Milling Professor Kerrie Schaefer
James Woodhams   Dr Katie Beswick  
Cheng-Po (Howl)  Yuan  The transformation of ‘dweller’ to tourist in one’s own locale Professor Stephen Hodge  Dr Konstantinos Thomaidis

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
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship with the Global Commitment uplift 2020/21 20% reduction in the 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 in 2020/21
University of Exeter Class of 2020 Progression Award with the Global Commitment uplift 20% reduction in the 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 programme with us in 2020/21
University of Exeter Global Commitment Scholarship 2020/21 £2,000 reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for students starting a postgraduate taught Masters or research degree with us in 2020/21
Sanctuary Scholarship Full tuition fee waiver plus annual living cost grant Fri 21st May 2021 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 Mon 31st May 2021 Sports scholarships are awarded to students of outstanding sporting ability who show evidence of achievement at international level in their chosen sport.
University of Exeter Alumni Scholarship 2021/22 10% reduction in the first year tuition fee There is no application for this award. You will be automatically considered. A tuition fee discount for University of Exeter alumni who start a postgraduate degree with us in 2021/22
University of Exeter Class of 2021 Progression Scholarship 10% reduction in the 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 degree in 2021 and progressing directly to a standalone postgraduate programme with us in 2021/22
Fulbright Scholarships: Postgraduate Student Awards - 2021/22 competition Full tuition fee waiver for one year of Masters / PhD & living stipend Deadline passed
(Tue 13th Oct 2020)
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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