Acting MPhil/PhD including Practice-Based in the Arts/PhD by Published works

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    MPhil: Full time 12 months - 3 years, Part time 30 months - 5 years
    PhD: Full time 2 years - 4 years, Part time 3 years - 6 years
    PhD by Published Works: 1 - 2 years

  • Starting:

    October, March​

  • Location:

Get in touch


For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 893981

Overview


​If you have a degree in Acting or a related field, our Acting MPhil, PhD, or PhD by Published Works study is a fantastic way to broaden your knowledge and research abilities. A successful defence of the final thesis will provide the researcher the highest accreditation that any UK institution can bestow, as well as a good opportunity to advance into senior managerial positions within the sector. Learn more about the Art and Design Research Centre and the Centre for Cultural and Literary Studies.​

The deadline for applications for our October admission is August 1, and the deadline for our March intake is December 11.

Updated 16/02/2024

Highlights


  • ​​This course is unique to the University of Northampton. We can supervise topics including: Gender and Sexuality in Performance, ​Queer Theatre and Performance Practices, ​Applied and Socially Engaged Theatre, ​Historiography, The Archive, and Marginalised Identities, ​Cultural Politics and Contemporary Performance Practices.
  • ​We offer opportunities to develop interdisciplinary study and Practice as Research projects.​

Course Content


  • This Acting PhD allows you to specialise while also improving your research, writing, presenting, and practise abilities.

    You will first get general, discipline-based, and project-specific training while creating and establishing research projects so that you may perform your research work successfully and autonomously. Throughout your project, you will be overseen by Acting staff who are experts in their fields of study and will assist you through the process with frequent in-person or online seminars. After completing this course, you will be able to obtain research and development positions in the industry, advance into an academic career, or enter business at a managerial level.

    • ​​A Bachelors (Honours) degree at 2:1 level or above (or its international equivalent) in a related subject.

    ​Or

    • ​A UK Master’s degree (or its international equivalent) in a related subject.

    ​Individual consideration will be given to students with lower-level degrees or qualifications in a different subject area but with relevant experience.

    ​As part of the selection process, all qualified candidates will be expected to attend an interview.

    ​English Language Requirements

    Students whose first language is not English require the following:

    • ​an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 6.5 minimum in the writing component, all other components must be at 6.5 or higher, issued within the last two years or a recognised equivalent qualification.
    • applications having IELTS scores in all components less than 5.5 will not be taken into consideration.

    ​All offers of a place on the programme are conditional on:

    • The University conducting a successful interview.
    • ​Appropriate Research Supervision Assistance.

    ​Please check our How to Apply page for more information on how to apply to study with us, how to discover a possible Supervisor, and what papers are necessary as part of the application process.

    ​More detailed information about the research degrees is available on our Graduate school page​.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor Of Philosophy Degrees

    • UK – Full Time: £5,500
    • UK – Part Time: £2,775
    • International – Full Time: £15,950
    • International – Part Time: £7,450

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by means of Published Works.

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by means of published works.

    • UK – Part Time: £3,500
    • International – Part Time: £7,650
    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Doctor Of Philosophy Degrees

    • UK – Full Time: £5,340
    • UK – Part Time: £2,695
    • International – Full Time: £15,480
    • International – Part Time: £7,245

    Doctor of Philosophy Degrees by means of Published Works.

    Including: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) by means of published works.

    • UK – Part Time: £3,400
    • International – Part Time: £7,460

     

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.