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Course summary

Theatre is also 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. Through a programme of partnered research training, development events, exhibitions and performance, Postgraduate Researchers in Theatre further benefit from the opportunities for sharing and exchange of practices with research from Visual/Fine Art and Dance. 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. Theatre facilities include: two superb studio spaces, a fully-equipped 250-seat theatre, a 110-seater studio theatre.


The PhD programme is delivered through a supervised research project. Each student will have a supervisory team of at least two appropriately qualified academic staff, one of whom will be the Director of Studies. A description of the responsibilities of the supervisory team can be found in the Code of Practice.

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

Provider information

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University of Chichester
Bishop Otter Campus
College Lane
PO19 6PE

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Additional information

17th August: 8-00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 18th August: 8-00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Then normal office hours: Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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