University of Reading

University of Reading


Research in the department focuses on 4 main areas: practical work as a form of critical enquiry; critical, theoretical and historical studies of film, theatre and television; the relationships between film, theatre and television; methodologies of performance analysis. Department staff supervise research in Hollywood, British and European and Asian theatre, contemporary performance, theatre directing and staging, factual television, television authorship, and contemporary television genres.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be appropriately qualified to undertake the study of their chosen specialist topic. Our normal requirement is 2.1 at BA level. We welcome applications from suitably experienced arts and industry professionals.

Course modules

Spaces of television: production, site and style; giving voice to the nation: the arts council of Great Britain and the development of theatre and performance in Britain 1945-1995; staging Beckett: the impact of productions of Samuel Beckett's drama on theatre practice and cultures in the United Kingdom and Ireland; the Centre for Film Aesthetics and Cultures (CFAC).

Assessment methods

PhDs in the department can take 2 forms: a written thesis; a practice-led project combined with a written thesis.

Sponsorship information

The University of Reading is part of the SWW Consortium. PhD applicants to the Department of Film, Theatre and Television are therefore able to apply via this route for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2016 - 3 years
MPhil Full-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Reading Reading RG6 6UR South East

Key information

Postgraduate admissions
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