Drama

School of Arts, English and Languages | PhD
Entry Year
Academic Year 2021/22
Entry Requirements
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Overview

Drama at Queen’s offers supervisory expertise in both critical and practice-based methods of research. Proposals are welcome in all areas of current staff expertise, details of which are available on the website of the School of Arts, English and Languages. Drama at Queen’s is well established as a leading centre for research and education in the fields of drama, theatre and performance studies and benefits from a purpose-built £1.6m Drama and Film Centre, which opened in October 2004 and houses the Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research. As a research student in Drama at Queen’s you will join a vibrant student cohort and benefit from the rich research culture of the School of Arts, English and Languages. 

Drama at Queen's aims to establish a leading, world-class research and education environment that incorporates access to, and partnerships with, the theatre profession and industry, locally, regionally, and globally. As part of a research-intensive Russell Group University, we are committed to delivering research-led teaching, allowing our research students to benefit from knowledge exchanges and public engagement activities led by our award-winning academic staff. 

The Brian Friel Centre has been recognised for producing 'world-leading' and 'internationally-excellent' research, which encompasses traditional and practice-based methods. We offer students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of the department's current areas of specialisation, which include Irish theatre, Shakespeare, post-conflict drama, dance and movement practices, practice-as-research, feminist performance, Beckett studies, drama and health, and applied theatre. 

Mode of study/duration - Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent). Students can take a writing up year if required.


Mode of study/duration - Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent). Students can take a writing up year if required.

Drama Highlights
Student Experience
  • Each student is allocated a first and second supervisor with access to a wide range of subject expertise. In addition, students participate in a series of research workshops, seminars and colloquia designed to both assist them in writing their dissertations and in acquiring the critical skills needed to develop and deliver practical projects.

    Students opting for the practice-as-research route will produce a body of supervised practice-based work, accompanied by a dissertation that critically reflects on their work and contextualises it within the broader field of theatre and performance studies. Our aim is to produce international, cutting-edge research in Drama, Theatre and Performance, and to develop international teaching, research and creative arts partnerships. We welcome applications from a broad range of applicants including graduates, those currently working as teachers/lecturers, and from professionals engaged in the arts and cultural sectors, as these programmes aim to assist professional development as researchers, teachers and practitioners
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Course content

Research Information

Associated Research
Applied Theatre

Career Prospects

Introduction
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People teaching you

Dr Aoife McGrath
Lecturer / Subject Lead for Drama
SAEL
Email: aoife.mcgrath@qub.ac.uk

Learning Outcomes

Course structure

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Facilities
Drama Studies at Queen’s University is well established as a leading centre for research and education in the fields of drama, theatre and performance studies. Drama benefits from a purpose-built £1.6m Drama and Film Centre, which opened in October 2004. The Brian Friel Centre for Theatre Research was inaugurated in February 2009. Full time PhD students will have access to a shared office space and access to a desk with personal computer and internet access.
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Entrance requirements


The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School of Arts, English and Languages.

International Students

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: www.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI) £TBC
England, Scotland or Wales (GB) £TBC
Other (non-UK) EU £TBC
International £17,460

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Drama costs

There are no specific additional course costs associated with this programme.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may also be other extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies . Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £100 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen. There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, and library fines. In undertaking a research project students may incur costs associated with transport and/or materials, and there will also be additional costs for printing and binding the thesis. There may also be individually tailored research project expenses and students should consult directly with the School for further information.

How do I fund my study?
1.PhD Opportunities

Find PhD opportunities and funded studentships by subject area.

2.Doctoral Training Centres at Queen's

Queen's has eight outstanding competitive Doctoral Training Centres, with each one providing funding for a number of PhD positions and most importantly a hub for carrying out world class research in key disciplines.

3.PhD loans

The Government offers doctoral loans of up to £26,445 for PhDs and equivalent postgraduate research programmes for English- or Welsh-resident UK and EU students, £10,000 for students in Scotland and up to £5,500 for Northern Ireland students.

4.International Scholarships

Information on Postgraduate Research scholarships for international students.

Funding and Scholarships

The Funding & Scholarship Finder helps prospective and current students find funding to help cover costs towards a whole range of study related expenses.

How to Apply

Apply using our online Postgraduate Applications Portal go.qub.ac.uk/pgapply and follow the step-by-step instructions on how to apply.

Find a supervisor

If you're interested in a particular project, we suggest you contact the relevant academic before you apply, to introduce yourself and ask questions.

To find a potential supervisor aligned with your area of interest, or if you are unsure of who to contact, look through the staff profiles linked here.

You might be asked to provide a short outline of your proposal to help us identify potential supervisors.