Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Course Introduction

This programme is well positioned to facilitate practice'based research by virtue of our high'specification performance and rehearsal spaces, design studios, workshops, technical infrastructure and specialist support staff. The research into our disciplines often involves exploration in, and through, the media that we are concerned with. Such activity always has its contexts, and Central's academic staff are expert in the connections to be drawn between exploratory practice and advanced conceptualising, process and product, making and articulating.

Course Modules

Research areas: performance history, and historiography; theories of acting, and embodiment; practice as research; contemporary performance, and cultural identities (especially national identities); processes of performance making; postmodernism, and performance; directing, and directors' theatre; music, and dance theatre; installation art, and site'specific performance; cultural policy; festivals; physical theatre; interculturalism, and performance; post'colonialism, and performance; South Asian performance; globalisation, and performance; the body, gender, and sexualities in performance; cities, and performance; modern Brazilian theatre; 20th century Spanish theatre; contemporary European theatre; applied drama; theatre, and development.

Course Additional Entry

A 1st degree, and Master's degree, in relevant subjects; significant, and relevant professional experience in place of a Master's qualification are considered in exceptional circumstances; those proposing to undertake research that includes practice'based elements, must normally demonstrate appropriate experience, and proficiency in relevant areas of practice.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
2 years
Full Time
MPhil
3 years
Part Time
MPhil
3 years
Full Time
PhD £12,393  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
PhD £4,100  Academic year. First year home fees
6 years
Part Time
PhD £6,816  Academic year. First year overseas fees
6 years
Part Time
PhD £2,260  Academic year. First year home fees