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University of Newcastle

Newcastle , New South Wales ,Australia

Master of Philosophy (Drama)

Creative and Performing Arts

Why a PhD or Research Masters in Creative and Performing Arts at Newcastle?

Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Newcastle is an inter-discipline spanning theatre, performance, visual art, digital technologies, and hybrid variants of these discrete areas of creative endeavour.

The University of Newcastle's Performing Arts research is rated as 'world standard' in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) assessment conducted by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Research groups, such as Collaborative Environments for Creative Arts Research (CeCAR), and our Creative Industries Research and Innovation Cluster (CIRIC) bring together national and international researchers in the creative arts, humanities, sciences, health and social sciences with external collaborators in the community, industry, other universities and institutes.

The School of Creative Industries is home to the peer-reviewed, inter-disciplinary academic journal Popular Entertainment Studies. 

PhD and Masters by Research students will benefit from our lively inter-disciplinary postgraduate environment, which includes generous funding and material support for graduate research students.

What you can research
Research proposals are invited in the following areas:

  • digital technologies
  • live art
  • installation
  • contemporary hybrid performance
  • political and applied performance
  • circus (historical and contemporary)
  • popular entertainments
  • physical theatre
  • performer pedagogies
  • contemporary and historical Australian performance

Research Methodologies
In order to facilitate the diverse span of research encompassed by the hybrid discipline of Creative and Performing Arts, a broad range of research methodologies are applied. These include, but are not limited to methodologies particular to the creative arts, such as practice-as or practice-led research, and methodologies that move beyond traditional research to include the reflexive and exploratory nature of research in the creative arts.

Additionally, some research projects naturally rely upon methodologies associated with the Humanities and Social Science, such as historiography, archival-based research, ethnography, and action research.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 21

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

PSW Opportunity

  • 3 Years

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

(1)To be considered for admission to the University, Higher Degree by Research applicants will be required to:

have met the relevant English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Proficiency Policy.
have satisfied the minimum academic requirements described in the relevant Award and Program Schedules;
have met any other additional admission requirements that may be prescribed  by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation);
be a minimum of 16 years of age at 1 March of the year of admission. Applicants under the age of 16 years may apply directly to the Vice-Chancellor for consideration.

(2) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to prescribe additional admission requirements when considering an admission to candidature. This may include a requirement for the applicant to undertake an examination(s) or carry out such work as prescribed.

(3) The Assistant Dean (Research Training) is authorised to refuse admission to candidature when appropriate supervision and resources are not available. Whether appropriate supervision and resources are available will be determined by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on recommendation from the School.

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