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Queen Mary University of London

London , England ,United Kingdom

Research degrees in Drama

Research students in the Department of Drama study in one of the United Kingdom's leading centres for performance research. We welcome applications from graduate students who research in any of our areas of expertise.

Research students play an important part in Drama's collaborations with leading arts organisations, including the Barbican, Shakespeare's Globe, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Actors' Touring Company, the London Film Festival, LIFT, and AfroReggae.

The Department of Drama webpages have detailed instructions on how to find a supervisor and how to apply. Please read these and following the instructions before making an electronic application through this page. 

We offer supervision across topics including, but by no means limited to:

  • Performance and the city
  • Site-specific performance and installation art
  • Space and place
  • Applied and socially engaged theatre and performance, especially in relation to young people, older people, prisons, Brazil, development, democracy and human rights
  • Theatre in Education
  • National, intercultural, and transnational performance, especially in relation to the UK, Europe (particularly Ireland, Spain, Italy), South Africa, Canada, USA, Latin America (particularly Argentina and Brazil), and New Zealand
  • Cultural identities
  • Globalisation
  • Tourism
  • Cultural economics of performance
  • Cultural value and cultural policy
  • Labour
  • Democracy
  • Community
  • Theatre and political economy
  • Live Art and Performance Art
  • Subcultural histories
  • Gender and sexuality, especially feminist, gay, lesbian, and queer performance histories and practices
  • Early modern drama in performance, especially early modern and contemporary contexts
  • Directing and directors' theatre
  • Theories and histories of actor training
  • Contemporary performance-making processes and practitioners
  • Translation
  • Dramaturgy
  • Theatricality
  • Audience and spectatorship
  • Affect
  • Senses in performances
  • 'The body' and embodiment
  • Tragedy
  • Opera and music theatre
  • Dance theatre and physical theatre
  • Cultural performance history and historiography

(Fees and duration are approx.)
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Campus Information

Mile End Campus

It contains the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Queens' Building, the main college library, the student union, Draper's bar and club, several restaurants, a number of halls of residences and a gym. The educational and research sites of the Arts Research Centre, Computer Science, the large Engineering building, G.E. Fogg Building, Francis Bancroft Building, G. O. Jones Building, Joseph Priestley Building, Lock-keeper's Graduate Centre, and the Mathematical Science Building, are all located within the Mile End campus


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Application Processing Time in Days: 45

Application Process

More Information Required 
30 Days
Possible Interview Call from Institution
10 Days
Provisional/Unconditional Offer 
40 Days
Visa Process
30 Days

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

Job Opportunity Potential

Careers support 

The services we offer to support your career development include:

  • one-to-one appointments to help you with your career direction, give feedback on job applications, offer insight into the job market and prepare you for interviews
  • workshops to support your career development and job hunting
  • employer events attracting recruiters and alumni from a rich range of sectors
  • support for finding internships and parttime jobs
  • specialist careers consultants to support PhD students through appointments, events and workshops.

Support for international students

  • We offer a programme of support for international students throughout the year, which involves talks on how to find graduate work in the UK and an International Students Week featuring external speakers.
  • Students can search for jobs across the world with our international jobs database, as well as browse our guides on getting work in particular markets.
  • All students have access to a rich programme of employer events and career development workshops, running across the University year. 

Support after graduation

Our careers support continues after you leave Queen Mary.

  • All graduates have access to our Careers and Enterprise services for two years after graduation.
  • You can have -
    free one-to-one appointments in person, over the phone or via Skype
    Attend our employer events
    use our online psychometric testing and mock-interview software
    access our jobs board – over 3,000 employers uploaded vacancies in 2018/19.

Queen Mary graduates have gone on to work in these organisations:

• Accenture • Allen & Overy • Arup • AstraZeneca • Baker McKenzie • Barts Health NHS Trust • European Central Bank • Fintech Innovation Lab • Google • HSBC • IBM • Institute of Cancer Research • Institute of Dentistry • J.P. Morgan • Jaguar Land Rover • Lloyds Banking Group • Natural History Museum • Penguin • PwC • Queen Mary • Save the Children • Shell • Stella McCartney • Thales • Thomson Reuters • World Economic Forum ...and many more!

Careers success

93% of our postgraduates are in work and/or study six months after graduation. 84% of those in work/study are in highly skilled work/study (most recent DLHE Survey of 16/17 leavers)* 

Enterprise support

Many students and graduates across Queen Mary start or grow their own business or social venture each year. In 2018/19, Queen Mary gave out £45,000 in seed funding to help students start new, or grow existing businesse

PSW Opportunity

  • 2 Years PSW is applicable after the course completing (Bachelors level or above).


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

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