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Drama Dance and Performance (PhD)

2022-23 (also available for 2023-24)

This course is eligible for Doctoral loan funding. Find out more.

Start date

19 September 2022

16 January 2023

Duration

The maximum duration for a full-time PhD is 3 years (36 months) or part-time is 6 years (72 months) with an optional submission pending (writing up period) of 12 months.

Sometimes it may be possible to mix periods of both full-time and part-time study.

If studying on a part-time basis, you must establish close links with the University and spend normally not less than an average of 10 working days per year in the university, excluding participation in activities associated with enrolment, re-registration and progression monitoring. You are also expected to dedicate 17.5 hours per week to the research.

Application deadlines

For October 2022

10 June 2022 for International and Scholarship students

1 July 2022 for Home students

For January 2023

21 October 2022 for International and Scholarship students

18 November 2022 for Home students

For April 2023

27 January 2023 for International and Scholarship students

24 February 2023 for Home students

About the research degree

Our broadening of expertise and reputation was reflected by the QS World University Subject Ratings 2020, where the University of Huddersfield received a 5-star rating for Performing Arts.

A PhD is the highest academic award. This programme allows you to explore and pursue a research project that is built around a substantial research question and leads to an original contribution to knowledge.

A full-time PhD is a three-year programme (often with a fourth year for “writing up”). During this time you will have the opportunity to develop your research skills by taking part in training courses, events, and seminars. You will have one main supervisor as well as one or more secondary supervisors, who will guide and support you across all phases of the programme. At the same time, you will have significant independence in conducting your research.

The PhD culminates in the production of a large-scale piece of written thesis. This is standardly up to 80,000 words but may be closer to 40,000 words where live performance and/or its documentation (often in the form of video) make up a significant part of the thesis.

Your final thesis will be examined by an appointed panel of experts in the field. On successful completion, you will be awarded your degree. The awarding of the PhD means that you are prepared to conduct research independently.

As a writer, meditator and drama academic, my research is focused on how to create performance experiences that bring together understandings of contemplative technologies, such as mindfulness, with artistic form. My research explores the creation of contemplative performance texts, often in collaboration with theatre directors, composers, and performers. Drama at Huddersfield is at the centre of a rich network of world-leading academics and artists exploring mindfulness and performance, and our research students are an integral part of that exciting, international community.

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Dr Deborah Middleton, Co-Director of the Centre for Psychophysical Performance

Entry requirements

The normal level of attainment required for entry is:

  • a Master’s degree or an Honours degree (2:1 or above) or equivalent, in a discipline appropriate to the proposed programme to be followed, or
  • appropriate research or professional experience at postgraduate level, which has resulted in published work, written reports or other appropriate evidence of accomplishment.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

What can I research?

Research in Drama, Dance and Performance incorporates historical research, theoretical inquiry, and emerging forms of practice research. Many of our students develop innovative approaches to performer training, teaching, and devising as part of their practice research.

Some key areas of expertise in our department include:

Psychophysical actor training and performance Age, (dis)ability, gender and race in performance Immersive and game-based performance Laboratory methods for practice research

Current staff and students are researching a wide range of topics including mindfulness and contemplative practices, performance magic and conjuring, horror and the gothic in performance, extended voice techniques, the aging body in performance, audio-visual laboratory methods, clowning, improvisation, criminology, and choreographic reconstruction.

Our excellent facilities include three fully equipped performance studios together with workshops, costume stores, digital media suites and changing rooms.

To find out more about the research we conduct, take a look at our Research, Innovation and Skills webpages, where you will find information on each research area. To find out about our staff visit ‘Our staff' which features profiles of all our academic staff.

To apply for this course, you will need to complete a research proposal outlining your proposed project. This should include, at a minimum: a set of research questions; a literature review with bibliography; and a discussion of methodology, including a draft timeline of activities.

When this is submitted, along with your research degree application form, you will be matched with two or more staff members who have the expertise and knowledge to supervise you and guide you through your research degree. You should also feel free to reach out to individual staff members before applying, with any questions about this degree.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Researcher Environment

The University of Huddersfield has a thriving research community made up of over 1,350 postgraduate research students. We have students studying on a part-time and full-time basis from all over the world with around 43% from overseas and 57% from the UK.

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities. Through undertaking research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you develop knowledge and skills which are current and relevant to your specialist area.

[Find out more about our research staff and centres|http://www.hud.ac.uk/research/]

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

When you are offered a place on a research degree, your offer will include confirmation of your supervisory team, and the topic you will be researching.

Whilst the University will use reasonable efforts to ensure your supervisory team remains the same, sometimes it may be necessary to make changes to your team for reasons outside the University’s control, for example if your supervisor leaves the University, or suffers from long term illness. Where this is the case, we will discuss these difficulties with you and seek to either put in place a new supervisory team, or help you to transfer to another research facility, in accordance with our Student Protection Plan.

Changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, for example the University being unable to access its buildings due to fire, flood or pandemic, or the University no longer being able to provide specialist equipment. Where this is the case, we will discuss these issues with you and agree any necessary changes.

Your research project is likely to evolve as you work on it and these minor changes are a natural and expected part of your study. However, we may need to make more significant changes to your topic of research during the course of your studies, either because your area of interest has changed, or because for reasons outside the University’s control we can no longer support your research. If this is the case, we will discuss any changes in topic with you and agree these in writing. If you are an international student, changing topics may affect your visa or ATAS clearance and if this is the case we will discuss this with you before any changes are agreed.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by the University’s Terms and Conditions and a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, along with the Student Protection Plan, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.