University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Cultural and Creative Industries

This course provides opportunities for students to extend their disciplinary horizons through advanced, individually tailored research projects, under the guidance of leading academics. The School offers MA by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes, examined by fully written thesis. Alternatively candidates can undertake practice-led research in any field of performance leading to MPhil/PhD in Theatre/Dance/Performance, examined by practical outcome and written critical commentary. Performance is understood not only as theatre, drama and dance, but also as a whole range of performance genres, such as live, body and performance art, cyber performances and installations. It includes performance design (scenography), dramaturgy and writing for performance. It is contextualised within the practices of the cultural industries in management, entrepreneurship, cultural and creative learning. The cultural industries in contemporary societies are a key research interest within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Taking an interdisciplinary approach across the arts and social sciences, staff within the School welcome applicants for postgraduate research study with an interest in any aspect of the cultural industries, their role in contemporary society and their future development. The School enjoys a particular strength in researching the cultural industries within an international context and successful applicants will be able to exploit opportunities for international engagement. Performance works across all of the arts, with a wider range and more freely. It happens in theatres, in communities, and in other 'outreach' contexts. Performance theory, in its many manifestations, provides tools for understanding in these genres and occasions, and in culture at large. These distinctive areas of research activity benefit from the opportunities of productive dialogue with each other and with others across the University.

Entry requirements

A 1st or a good upper 2nd Class degree; a Master's degree is not required, but your application is seen more favourably if you do have 1; you should ideally have achieved a distinction or at least a merit, especially in your dissertation; applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS band score 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in any skill area).

Assessment methods

Postgraduate research students are encouraged to take advantage of the rich and varied research culture within the School and the wider University. Training is an essential part of the postgraduate research experience, both for successful completion of the degree course, and for personal and careers-related development. A wide range of training opportunities are available in research, generic and subject specific skills. Students are supported in taking advantage of these opportunities at School and University levels, and beyond.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

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