The School’s portfolio of Postgraduate Research degrees provides opportunities for students to extend their disciplinary horizons through advanced, individually tailored research projects, under the guidance of leading academics. The School offers MA by Research, MPhil and PhD programmes, examined by fully written thesis. Alternatively candidates can undertake practice-led research in any field of performance leading to MPhil/PhD in Theatre/Dance/Performance, examined by practical outcome and written critical commentary.
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In the School, performance is understood not only as theatre, drama and dance, but also as a whole range of performance genres, such as live art, body and performance art, cyber performances and installations. It includes performance design (scenography), dramaturgy and writing for performance. The variety of contemporary performance is contextualised within practices and theories of the arts and cultural industries.
Taking an interdisciplinary approach across the arts, humanities and social sciences, staff within the School work collaboratively with academic and industry partners in the UK and internationally. We welcome applicants for postgraduate study with an interest in any aspect of performance and the cultural industries, their role in contemporary society and their future development.
Areas of staff research at the School of Performance and Cultural Industries include the following
- Applied performance, including; intervention, social engagement, health and wellbeing, education and activism
- Compositional practices including; devised performance and physical theatre, food and performance, new writing and adaptation, ethics, improvisation and co-creation
- Creative entrepreneurship, arts marketing, management and leadership
- Cultural & creative industries
- Cultural policy and development
- Digital technologies, performance and the body
- Engagement and participation in theatre and the arts
- Immersive, environmental and site-specific performance
- Improvisation, free play, creativity and aesthetic development
- Impact and value of the arts
- Interactive and participatory performance
- Intercultural performance practices
- Scenography, costume and lighting design
- Contemporary opera and music theatre
- Performer training methodologies and their transmission across cultural borders
- Phenomenology and embodied spectatorship
- Popular culture, including; burlesque, cabaret, club culture, punk and post-punk performance
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PhD candidates are normally required to have a good honours degree (First or Upper Second), and it is usually advantageous to have completed a Masters degree in a related subject area, or to have significant and relevant professional experience in place of a master’s qualification.
MA by research and MPhil candidates are normally required to have a good first degree in a related subject area. If you are proposing to undertake research that includes practice-led elements you will normally be able to demonstrate appropriate experience and proficiency in relevant areas of practice.
English Language Qualifications
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to take an English Language Qualification and achieve the following entry requirements;
IELTS: 6.5 Overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) internet-based test: a total score of 92, with not less than: 21 in listening, 21 in reading, 22 in writing, and 23 speaking.
The University of Leeds Language Centre provides an Academic English for Postgraduate Studies pre-sessional course which is designed to help international students develop the necessary language and academic study skills required for successful study on a research degree programme. Courses start in September, January, April, July or August. For further information, please see visit the Language Centre’s website or contact via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org