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Our programmes

Drama at Hull has a strong reputation for world-leading and internationally excellent research. We offer supervision of research degrees at three levels, MA by Research, MPhil and PhD, in a wide range of subjects, reflecting both the individual interests of staff and our research groupings in Performance, Technology and Aesthetics; Performance Translation and Dramaturgy; and Research in Engagement and Participation.

Your research might take the traditional form of a wholly written thesis, or might be based on experimental practice supplemented by written critical commentary and other forms of documentation. Either way, you have the opportunity to expand your own knowledge, and that of the subject area, through original research in a form tailored to your needs, under expert guidance. We have three well-equipped performance studios – all with backstage facilities, including dressing rooms, control rooms, a design workshop, and costume and prop stores. Students also benefit from visits by speakers, trips to see performances and professional touring theatre, dance and music performances.


Our experts welcome applications for postgraduate study across a broad range of topics. Our main research interests include:

Performance Histories

  • Classical Greek theatre
  • Medieval theatre
  • Early Modern English and European theatre
  • Early Soviet theatre
  • Czech theatre
  • Contemporary British and European drama

Applied and Social Theatre and Performance

  • Disability arts and culture
  • Theatre, engagement and citizenship
  • Performance and activism
  • Sport and performance
  • Performance, democracy and participation

Performance Practices

  • Scenography
  • Collaborative practices
  • Popular performance
  • Comedy
  • Theatre and embodiment
  • Live art
  • Intermedial performance
  • Audience studies
  • Historical and contemporary acting and directing practices
  • Systems of actor training
  • Theories of rehearsal
  • Dance and choreography

World and Intercultural Theatre and Performance

  • Afro-Caribbean and diasporic theatres
  • Theatre translation
  • Cultural re-appropriations of theatrical forms 

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)

MA by Research: 1 year (full-time) / 2 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Drama research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit www.hull.ac.uk/money.

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

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Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 or equivalent in drama, theatre studies or a related subject (or international equivalent). Applicants without a Masters degree will be registered on the MPhil programme in the first instance.

International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Drama at Hull flexibly combines theory and practice and is studied as part of the School of Arts.

We are currently investing millions of pounds on world-class facilities that will benefit all of our students for years to come.