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The award
MPhil

How long you will study
2 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Drama Studies at Queen's University Belfast

In 2009, the Brian Friel Theatre and Centre for Theatre Research were opened by the late playwright Brian Friel. The Centre consolidates our reputation for producing 'world-leading' and 'internationally-excellent' research, which encompasses traditional and practice-based methods. We offer students the opportunity to undertake advanced, original research in one of the department's areas of specialisation, such as Irish Theatre, Shakespeare, post-conflict drama, movement and dance, practice-as-research and applied theatre.

Each student is allocated a first and second supervisor with access to a wide range of subject expertise. In addition, students participate in a series of research workshops, seminars and colloquia designed to both assist them in writing their dissertations and in acquiring the critical skills needed to develop and deliver their practical projects.

Students opting for the practice-as-research route will produce a body of supervised practice-based work, accompanied by a dissertation to contextualise their work within the broader field of theatre and performance studies. Our aim is to produce international, cutting-edge research into theatre history and contemporary practice and to develop international teaching, research and creative arts partnerships. We particularly welcome applications from those working as teachers/lecturers or from professionals engaged in the arts and cultural sectors, as these programmes aim to assist your professional development as researchers, teachers and practitioners. We are especially interested in applications in the following areas:

RESEARCH STRENGTHS

  • Applied Theatre
  • Brian Friel
  • British and American Theatre
  • Cultural and Affect Studies
  • Image Theatre and Work of Augusto Boal
  • Irish Theatre
  • Monodrama
  • Movement and Dance
  • Post-Conflict Theatre and Performance
  • Practice-Led Research
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre and Conflict Transformation
  • Theatre and Social Justice
  • Theatre and World War I
  • Theatre History/Historiography and Cultural History
  • Translation and Adaptation
  • Virtual Reality Theatre

"Throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate career at Queen's, the staff in Drama collectively inspired and interrogated my ideas, and constantly challenged and supported my work. My studies were also enriched by a vibrant arts scene in the city itself. I have had the pleasure of studying many different playwrights and artists for essays and dissertations and the extraordinary privilege of them visiting our classes!"Ryan Crown

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Fees & Funding

There is a range of funding and scholarship options available to those considering study at Queen's.

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For tuition fee information see //www.qub.ac.uk/Study/PostgraduateStudy/TuitionFees/

PhD Funded Studentships
We offer fully funded studentships to outstanding postgraduate researchers across our three faculties and five Doctoral Training Centres.

FEES AND FUNDING 

For fees, funding and further information see go.qub.ac.uk/pgstudy

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

A research degree offers you the opportunity to develop your research skills and prove yourself as a researcher. Queen's is committed to the enhancement of research training and teaching and offers postgraduate research opportunities across all fields of study. The following postgraduate research study routes for this subject area are:

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

The minimum academic requirement for admission to a research degree programme is normally an Upper Second Class Honours degree from a UK or ROI HE provider, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University. Further information can be obtained by contacting the School.

INTERNATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

For information on international qualification equivalents please select Your Country from the list on our International Students website.

MODE OF STUDY/DURATION

Registration is on a full-time or part-time basis, under the direction of a supervisory team appointed by the University. You will be expected to submit your thesis at the end of three years of full-time registration for PhD, or two years for MPhil (or part-time equivalent).

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

International students (where English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.5, with not less than 5.5 in any component is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

For more information on English Language requirements for EEA and non-EEA nationals see: go.qub.ac.uk/EnglishLanguageReqs

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this programme, our partner INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability to entry to this programme.

Please click the links below for more information:

English for University Study - an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level

Pre-sessional English - a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English

 

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