School of Performing Arts

Postgraduate research in Performing Arts

PhD Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) Variable start date
  • Award PhD
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School School of Performing Arts

Why choose this course?

Thank you for your interest in pursuing a research degree with the Faculty of Arts. We will be delighted to discuss your area of interest with you but, before doing so, it is important to determine whether or not we can offer research supervision in your chosen area. 

The aim of our research programmes is to give each student the best possible foundation from which to launch further research and career development. We help our students to develop the relevant research skills and methods and also support the development of related skills such as IT, presentation and career planning.

This approach, together with the relevant research expertise and resources support the completion of high-quality research degree programmes.

Details of current and recent research degree topics include:

Based within the purpose-built Performance Hub, the School of Performing Arts houses a supportive and inspiring environment for postgraduate research study across theatre, musical theatre, dance and music. PhD students will be located within the Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP), a vibrant community of practice-researchers and scholars who create and explore the performing arts via nationally- and internationally-recognised research. 

CCHIP has a strong reputation for diverse and innovative research and our staff welcome proposals across a range of subject areas, including:

  • New Musical Theatre studies
  • Musical dramaturgy
  • Documentary theatre practices
  • Human-Computer Interfaces for performance
  • Museum and heritage performance
  • European modern dance

Our postgraduate research students play a key role in our research community and we are experienced in supporting research projects to successful completion. We see our PhD students as early-career researchers and fully support them towards their chosen career, with funding towards conference attendance and research visits and encouragement to disseminate their work to the wider academic community.

Research students are invited to attend the Faculty’s rolling programme of open lectures, seminars, workshops and skills training events, as well as those staged by the University and Doctoral College. We also expect them to contribute to the annual PhD students’ self-organised conference.

All student activity is supported and encouraged by our experienced and knowledgeable PhD supervisors who are happy to advise when needed. They meet regularly with their supervisees to ensure full support throughout the life-time of the doctoral study which can be either practice-led research (20-45,000 words + practice) or theory-based (80,000 words).

What happens on the course?

Full-time students will meet with their Director of Study (DoS) at least once a month, and with their supervisory team at least 3 times a year (every two months with the DoS plus 2 meetings a year with the team for part-timers).

Approximately halfway through the study (12-18 months full-time, or 3 years part-time) the student is required to complete a ‘Progression’ stage. Here the student will summarise their research achievements and outline their future research plans (including research methods) up to completion.  They will also give a presentation of their work to an independent assessor and members of the research community.  Finally, at the end of their study, they will produce a thesis for a viva examination by an internal and an external academic with the appropriate expertise.

Potential Career Paths

Successful completion of your PhD opens up a range of career opportunities and demonstrates your proven skills as a researcher. In all areas of music, having a PhD is now an essential element for those looking to develop a career in lecturing or research within higher education. As well as demonstration of your research skills, a PhD shows your extensive knowledge of a particular field in an applied and rigorous manner that is attractive to employers.

In addition to developing competence in a range of intellectual skills that can be advantageous to the majority of occupations, a PhD in Music is academically relevant to careers in the arts and media, leading to employment in arts administration, research, arts journalism, arts management, and teaching.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Based within the purpose-built Performance Hub, the School of Performing Arts houses a supportive and inspiring environment for postgraduate research study across theatre, musical theatre, dance and music. PhD students will be located within the Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP), a vibrant community of practice-researchers and scholars who create and explore the performing arts via nationally- and internationally-recognised research. 

The Centre for Creativity, History and Identity in Performance (CCHIP) has a strong reputation for diverse and innovative research and our staff welcome proposals across a range of subject areas. Our primary research specialisms are:

  • New Musical Theatre studies
  • Musical dramaturgy
  • Documentary theatre practices
  • Computer modelling and auralisation
  • Human-Computer Interfaces for performance
  • Theatre, science and philosophy
  • Museum and heritage performance
  • European modern dance
  • Contemporary and minimalist music

Our postgraduate research students play a key role in our research community and we are experienced in supporting research projects to successful completion. We see our PhD students as early-career researchers and fully support them towards their chosen career, with funding towards conference attendance and research visits and encouragement to disseminate their work to the wider academic community.

Research students are invited to attend the Faculty’s rolling programme of open lectures, seminars, workshops and skills training events, as well as those staged by the University and Doctoral College. We also expect them to contribute to the annual PhD students’ self-organised conference.

All student activity is supported and encouraged by our experienced and knowledgeable PhD supervisors who are happy to advise when needed. They meet regularly with their supervisees to ensure full support throughout the life-time of the doctoral study which can be either practice-led research (35-45,000 words + practice) or theory-based (90,000 words).

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £4260 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £2130 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12950 per year 2019-20
International Part-time £6350 per year 2019-20

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Applicants for a research degree shall normally hold either:

• a first or upper second class honours degree, or   • a master’s degree, or   • evidence of prior practice or learning that is accepted by the Dean of Research.   An Applicant whose entry award was not delivered in English, or non-native speaker of English shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score of 7.0 or its equivalent to be registered as a Research Degree student.  

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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