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Postgraduate study


Postgraduate taught and research courses

Develop cutting-edge research and practical skills under the supervision of one of our expert staff members with one of our Theatre postgraduate courses. You'll benefit from expert guidance and opportunities to apply your knowledge, helping you achieve your career ambitions.

Our courses

How to apply and funding

Taught degrees

Research degrees

  • You should start by checking whether your proposal fits in with our areas of expertise on our research and people pages.
  • You should then complete our research degree enquiry form and provide a CV and detailed research proposal.
  • We will be in touch afterwards to discuss your proposal. If we confirm a suitable supervisor with you, we'll invite you to apply online.


What do our students say?

Ian Farnell
MA by Research student 2016-2017, current PhD candidate

"I chose the MA by Research because I had quite a specific field of interest, and I was drawn to the freedom of a year-long, entirely independent research project. I also hoped that it would give me the experience and skills needed to begin a PhD.

My time as an MA by Research student was a great mix of independent discovery and academic discipline, with the course feeling both structured and liberating – I had complete control of my own research practice and could explore my subject as I saw fit, while the one-year course length gave my work focus and drive. The need to eventually submit a very long piece of work in this short space of time can be daunting, but is ultimately an achievable and exciting challenge – I learned a lot simply by getting on with it, from day one.

My supervisor was a source of constant support, encouraging me in my studies by happily discussing ideas, suggesting sources and opportunities, answering (numerous) questions, and challenging me in a critical yet always friendly way, to strengthen my writing and my conclusions. The examination process also allowed me to share my work with experts in the field, and their feedback continues to shape and inspire my research today. I have reaped the benefits of this course and have grown in confidence as a young academic. I have spoken at conferences here and abroad and have published papers in academic journals.

Most importantly, through a combination of support from my department, the recommendations of my examiners and the eventual submitted thesis, I have been awarded funding for my PhD, which continues my work here at Warwick. All of this came from the flexibility, rigour and opportunity that my MA by Research afforded. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a desire to explore their chosen field in detail, and to those with long-term academic goals. The time passes very quickly, and I loved every minute."

Eleanor Price
MA by Research student 2018-19

"When researching my options for a Postgraduate MA course, the MA by Research in Theatre Studies at Warwick seemed to offer a unique opportunity. It would allow me to further develop skills acquired at undergraduate degree level, whilst enabling me to structure my whole year of study around a dissertation topic of my choosing.

The MA by Research appealed as I wanted something that would allow me the opportunity to develop my own voice further, to focus on a topic that fascinated me, whilst providing me with essential skills which may either serve as an invaluable stepping stone to a PhD, or simply allow me to feel a sense of confidence in my own independent research and writing. It allows you to build a close working relationship with your supervisor and the research community within the department. This in turn provides you with access to support and resources normally only accessed at PhD levels of study.

The MA by Research is supported by the PGR community both within the department and across the university. For example, in my first weeks on the course, I have had access to department research seminars and CADRE events on making the best use of library and archival resources. As well as this, I have the flexibility to construct my own work and study timetables. I am able to work independently whilst building a relationship with my supervisor. The supervision provides guidance, reassurance and support, which is vital if you are not on campus or in lectures and seminars on a regular basis.

The MA by Research is a fantastic first step to conducting your own research and becoming confident in communicating the purpose, intention and interest in that research to others."