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Course summary

The research degree programme in the area of Dance, Theatre and Fine Art aims to provide students with an outstanding learning experience in a supportive community of learning. The departments of Dance, Theatre and Fine Art are known nationally and internationally for excellence in both practice-based and theoretical research. Research students can be supervised either within or between our constituent departments, and can take practice-based or theoretical routes as appropriate to their research. Information on staff research interests and achievements can be found on the Departmental web pages. The Dance Department is a leading provider of excellence in dance education. Research supervision is offered by a strong, research-active team with a wide range of expertise, and includes academics and practitionerscholars with international reputations. We lead a vibrant research culture across the arts departments based on interdisciplinary dialogue and performative exploration. The department has gained an international reputation for practice-based and theoretical PhD supervision in areas including: o Choreography/performance o improvisation o dance history and analysis o dance and new technologies o dance on screen o popular dance practices o dance and psychology o Somatic practices o Philosophical, psychological and other conceptual frames as they relate to dance Dance is part of a lively, interdisciplinary research culture across the arts departments at Chichester. Central to our research environment is the Research Dialogues series - a programme of research presentations, performances, seminars, workshops and installations fostering dialogues between the arts departments, between staff and students and with visiting artists and academics. Research Dialogues incorporates disciplinespecific training events for research students and early-career researchers throughout the year. We offer numerous opportunities for research students to receive supportive feedback on their research through paper and performance presentations, including the annual student-led ‘Body of Work’ symposium. The Department hosts national and international conferences and visiting researchers and artists. Dance facilities include: four superb dance studios, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre, a 110-seater studio theatre.


Having successfully completed this programme you:  have demonstrated a systematic understanding of a field of study and mastery of the skills and methods of research associated with that field;  have demonstrated the ability to conceive, design, implement and adapt a substantial process of research with scholarly integrity;  have made a contribution through original research that extends the frontier of knowledge by developing a substantial body of work, some of which merits national or international refereed publication;  are capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;  can communicate with your peers, the larger scholarly community and with society in general about your areas of expertise;  can be expected to be able to promote, within academic and professional contexts, technological, social or cultural advancement in a knowledge-based society.

Assessment method

The award of MPhil or PhD is assessed through submission of a written thesis or equivalent for practice-based disciplines and an oral examination with a panel of examiners (viva voce). The viva is compulsory for PhD and for MPhil.

Entry requirements

The standard requirement for an MPhil/PhD is a first or upper-second honours degree and/or usually a relevant Master's degree. Candidates with other qualifications are considered individually on their merits. All students are interviewed by their potential supervisor(s) and a Research Degree Coordinator or nominated other. Your research project must be 'approved' by the Research Degrees Group 3 months (full time) / 6 months (part time) into candidature. The Research Degrees Group will take account of the field in which you wish to work, the availability of resources, the nature of the University’s current research strengths, and the particular needs that you may have for specialist facilities. All projects are considered by two experienced scrutineers who advise on the strengths and weaknesses of the research proposals presented to the Group.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £4635 Year 1
EU £14508 Year 1
England £4635 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4635 Year 1
Scotland £4635 Year 1
Wales £4635 Year 1
Channel Islands £4635 Year 1
International £14508 Year 1

Additional fee information

Nominal Registration (Writing Up - 6 months after completion) £360
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