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Postgraduate research in theatre, music & performance

Ready to start your research career? Explore our postgraduate research degrees in Theatre, Music & Performance

If you're ready to take your existing expertise and experience in Theatre, Music and Performance into a postgraduate research degree, Portsmouth is the perfect place to achieve your ambitions.

Theatre, Music and Performance have the capacity to entertain people, enrich lives and effect social change. Our research into these ever-changing forms explores their respective functions and meanings in contemporary society – and as a postgraduate research degree student with us, you'll have the opportunity to make your own contribution to the fascinating work we're doing.

Recent projects have seen us investigate how Theatre, Music and Performance combine with activism to shine a light on social injustice, and the ways in which new tools, technologies and applications are democratising the creation of new work.

Research degrees

Find out about our PhD, MPhil, and PhD by Publication opportunities in Theatre, Music and Performance below, including how to apply, entry requirements and funding your degree. For more detailed information about the application process, visit our How to Apply pages.

Theatre, Music & Performance PhDs and MPhils

Explore our pre-approved funded and self-funded PhD projects in Theatre, Music and Performance, or submit your own research idea. 

PhD and MPhil projects

Fully-funded projects

There are currently no funded PhD projects available in this area – for more information on funding your own research project, visit our pages on funding your research degree.

Self-funded projects

There are currently no pre-approved self-funded projects available in this subject area. If you'd like to submit your own PhD proposal, please read the information below.

Submit your own idea

If you already have a research idea, find a supervisor whose research interests match yours using the Portsmouth Research Portal. Once you've identified someone suitable, contact them to discuss your idea. You'll find their contact details on their profile on the portal.

PhD by Publication

A PhD by publication is a postgraduate research degree based on research you've already undertaken and had published (excluding self-publishing) before registering with us.

Eligible research outputs include peer-reviewed academic papers, complete books or chapters in anthologies, and other materials accepted for publication, exhibited or performed. You'll have to submit these materials for examination between 6-12 months after registering with us.

For more information, please visit our PhD by Publication page.

Duration, fees and funding

How long will my research degree take?

  • MPhil: 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
  • PhD: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
  • PhD by Publication: 1 year part-time

How much will my research degree cost?

PhD and MPhil

  • Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,260 p/a*
  • Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,130 p/a*
  • International full-time students: £13,200 p/a*
  • International part-time students: £6,600 p/a*

PhD by Publication

  • External candidates: £4,260 p/a
  • Members of University of Portsmouth staff: £1,550 p/a

*All fees are subject to annual increase

Funding support

MPhil full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Postgraduate Loan.

PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the Government Doctoral Loan.

For information on other sources of funding, visit our funding your postgraduate research degree page.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for a PhD, or MPhil include a good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject, or a master’s degree in an appropriate subject. Equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications may be considered. All applicants are subject to interview.

If English is not your first language, you'll need English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Support and facilities

When you join us, you'll be supported by our Graduate School, alongside your assigned supervisory team, who'll help you get the most from our facilities. The Graduate School will help you become part of our thriving, collaborative research community, and help grow your skills as a researcher through the Graduate School Development Programme, which offers training, workshops and events.

Our staff have expertise and industry experience in performance, performance history and popular culture, and we're accommodated in the specialist White Swan Building rehearsal and performance studios – which often play a key role in our research.

What can a postgraduate research degree do for my career?

Once you complete your postgraduate research degree, you'll be a highly-skilled researcher with the knowledge and skills to make an impact in many different industries.

Your postgraduate research qualification demonstrates to potential employers that you're an intelligent, capable and motivated person, with provable abilities and experience in critical thinking, problem-solving, project management, communication, leadership and creativity.

Current research

Explore the work we're doing in the 4 areas of expertise within our Theatre, Music and Performance research.

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