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Research degrees in Theatre Studies

The School of Theatre Studies has a number of postgraduate research degrees. For further useful information and advice on research degrees take a look at current students' projects and key information for current postgraduate research students.


The degree of PhD is a supervised individual research project over four years full-time or six years part-time, culminating in the production of a thesis. Students initially register for the MPhil degree and upgrade to the PhD on satisfactory progress after one year. Alternatively students can simply study for two years full-time or three years part-time, and complete a shorter thesis to gain the degree of MPhil. More information about staff research expertise can be found here.

MA by Research

The degree of MA by research is likewise a supervised individual research project completed over one year full-time or two years part-time, offering an introduction to academic research for students looking to pursue study in a specific area not covered by a taught masters programme.


Suitably qualified candidates may pursue practice-based research at MA, MPhil and PhD levels, submitting both a written thesis and a body of creative practice as outcomes of their studies. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a proven track record of professional standard practice or other relevant practical experience and competencies to be considered for practice-based research.

Nese Tosun, currently pursuing a PhD in the Theatre Department at Warwick, talks about her experience at the university.