University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Dance, Film, Theatre

The programme provides a research environment in which to understand, interrogate and experiment with the contemporary practices and historical evidence of dance, theatre or performance in their cultural contexts; research students undertake a wide range of projects utilising new methodologies and research fields within the disciplines, including work on popular culture, critical theory, embodiment, new histories and cultural difference; the 2 research weeks held each year (May and November) include keynote seminars, intensive study groups on current themes in dance, film and theatre research, research skills training and careful modelling of research outputs, including conference presentations and preparation of publications.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree and usually an MA in a relevant arts subject; non-graduates are accepted if qualifications and experience are relevant to a postgraduate degree; candidates submitting proposals that include practice-based research require evidence of appropriate experience and expertise in the respective area of practice; applicants whose 1st language is not English require an IELTS score of 7.0.

Assessment methods

These include both an extensive thesis and an oral viva with external examiners.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time £ 12,735 per Academic year (overseas fees) 33 months
PhD Part-time - 45 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Surrey Guildford GU2 7XH South East

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