The PhD programmes in GSA support new researchers to make timely and meaningful interventions within academic, political, and professional contexts. Our supervisors are all internationally known researchers recognised for the quality and significance of their research, which includes taking on leading roles within national and international research organisations. In studying for a PhD in GSA, you will be working with supervisors who regularly publish and present challenging work – an ethos that we encourage our PhD students to share with us.

At school-level, we host a comprehensive calendar of research events as well as bespoke training sessions on academic skills and informal research development opportunities. The aim is to offer postgraduates researchers a thought-provoking and supportive research environment in which to complete their PhD studies.

We welcome proposals that will result in a written thesis (c. 80,000 words) or a practice research curated portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000). As a research conservatoire, we are fully equipped to offer dedicated time and support to practice research experiments and practical methods of knowledge enquiry. 

PhD Studentships in GSA for Oct 2019 entry

GSA is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for PhD studentships to conduct original research within the school. We have four studentship schemes currently open for Home/EU and international candidates, including the AHRC technē partnership and our Vice Chancellor’s studentships.

Deadline: 3rd December 2018

The PhD programmes in GSA support new researchers to make timely and meaningful interventions within academic, political, and professional contexts. Our supervisors are all internationally known researchers recognised for the quality and significance of their research, which includes taking on leading roles within national and international research organisations. In studying for a PhD in GSA, you will be working with supervisors and other PhD researchers who regularly publish and present challenging work – an ethos that we encourage our prospective PhD candidates to share with us.

PhD proposals that lead to a written 80,000-word thesis or practice research portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000 words) are welcome. Research at GSA is multifaceted and, while we welcome applications on any topic, we have particular research specialisms in:

  • Animals and performance;
  • Choreography and kinesthetic empathy;
  • Disability arts;
  • Global Shakespeare;
  • Immersive and interactive theatres;
  • Performance philosophy;
  • Resilience, place and performance;
  • Transnationalism and dance;
  • Trauma and crisis in performance;
  • Scenography, costume and architecture;
  • Urban living and performance.

 

The school also has longstanding training specialisms in musical theatre, actor training, and stage management. We encourage applicants from these subject areas to consider projects than span our research and training specialisms: e.g. cosplay and actor training; decadence and musical theatre; nonhuman objects and stage management.

 

Three steps to applying for a studentship

Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor: Our principal supervisors and their research specialisms are listed on our GSA Postgraduate Research page. You are also welcome to contact Dr Rachel Hann as our Director of Postgraduate Research, who can connect you with an appropriate supervisor.

Application Round 1: Apply for a place on the Theatre PhD or Dance PhD programme by the stated deadlines (see below).

Application Round 2: The strongest applicants will be invited to complete a studentship application form.

All of our studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. The process after application deadlines differs for each studentship scheme. Most candidates will have confirmation by May.

Our studentships

Are you a Home or EU candidate?

Doctoral College Studentships. Home/EU fee waiver, £15,000 stipend per year. This is a university wide scheme and is highly competitive. We recommend that all candidates invited to apply for this studentship also apply for technē studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 3rd December 2018

 

AHRC technē studentships. Home/EU fee waiver, c. £14,777 stipend per year. Now in it’s 6th year, technē is a consortium of 9 universities and funds exceptional PhD researchers. EU candidates who do not have 2-years residency in the UK are eligible to apply for a Fees Only award. All technē applications are automatically considered for FASS studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 11th December 2018

 

Are you international (not EU) candidate?

Vice Chancellor’s Studentships. International fee waiver, £15,000 stipend per year. This is a university wide scheme and is highly competitive. We recommend that all candidates invited to apply for this studentship also apply for FASS studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 3rd December 2018

 

FASS studentships. Home/EU fee and international fee waiver, c. £14,777 stipend per year. This is a faculty wide scheme and is highly competitive. Round 1 Deadline: 11th December 2018

 

Questions

If you have any questions about the studentship in GSA, please contact Dr Rachel Hann as our Director of Postgraduate Research to find out more.

Studentship Competitions and Funding 

All of our studentships offer a stipend and fees award. The deadlines to have applied to the programme in order to be considered change each year, but typically occur in December or April depending on the funding scheme. 

Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) TECHNE Studentships

Eligibility: open to Home / EU candidates (December deadline)

Details

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Studentships

Eligibility: open to all including international candidates (December deadline)

Details

Doctoral College Studentship Awards
 

Eligibility: open to Home / EU candidates (April deadline)

Details

Our Supervisors

We recommend that you get in contact with either the Director of Postgraduate or a selected supervisor before making a formal application to study for a PhD. Please see below a list of our potential principal supervisors: 

Dr Adam Alston    
Aesthetics and politics of audience participation; immersive theatre; theatre and darkness; labour and performance in theatre settings and the service industry; secrecy in theatre and service industry marketing; Marx and Marxism; the philosophy of Jacques Rancière.

Dr Stuart Andrews    
Performances of place; tourism as performance; thresholds in performance; climate change, performance and loneliness; performances of home.

Dr Laura Cull (Lead, Centre for Performance Philosophy)
Performance Philosophy; 20th and 21st century experimental theatre; authorship, collaboration, collective creation & audience participation; time and duration; non-human animals in performance; manifestos; relationship between performance and mental health

Dr Patrick Duggan (Director, Institute of Performance and Urban Living)
Performance and material culture; critical approaches to performance; trauma, performance and ethics; contemporary performance practice; contemporary tragedy; politics, ideology and theatre; performance in crisis zones.

Dr Shantel Ehrenberg  
Dance and philosophy; dance pedagogy; kinaesthetic empathy; screen dance; choreography, dance and medical discourses.

Dr Rachel Hann (Director of Postgraduate Research, GSA)
Material cultures of scenography, costume, and architecture; practice research; performance design; cosplay; heritage visualization; Modernist performance; performing technologies.

Prof. Robert Shaughnessy (Director of Research, GSA) 
Shakespeare in performance, theatre history, applied performance (especially in relation to disability/diversity), twentieth/twenty-first century British drama, actor pedagogy and training.

Dr Sabine Sörgel
Postcolonial theatre and performance; contemporary dance and dance theatre; theatre and ritual; identity and performance.

Dr Anne Sophie Refskou
Shakespearean stage praxis (early modern and contemporary); Global Shakespeares; Shakespeare and national/cultural identity and cultural diplomacy; Intercultural performance, adaptation and appropriation; Physical theatre; Cultural history of emotions, historical phenomenology and affect; Theatre and compassion.

Darren Tunstall    
Gesture in performance; Shakespeare; physical performance and Lecoq; cognitive science and performance.

Dr Matt Wagner
Shakespearean dramaturgy and stage praxis; theatrical temporality; Beckett and his contemporaries; embodiment and spatiality; theatre phenomenology.

Postgraduate Researchers in GSA

Juliet Chambers-Coe
What are the consequences of reintegrating Laban’s Rosicrucianism into the teaching of LMA to actors and theatre makers? (funded by FASS)

Gemma Connell 
“Only From Exile Can We Come Home”: Hip Hop Dance as a response to gender and sexuality based trauma since the 1970s and its potential as a cathartic choreographic method (funded by Doctoral College) www.hiphopdancetrauma.wordpress.com 

Meg Cunningham 
World-building and immersive scenography

Will Osmond 
Methexis, Process and Live Action Role-playing: Representation in Performance as Routes of Inheritance (funded by FASS)

Julia Peetz
The Currency of Distrust: Populist Performance in the Twenty-First Century (funded by FASS)

Yaron Shyldkrot
How to Keep the Audience in the Dark: Uncertainty in Pitch-Black Theatre (funded by FASS)

Ele Slade
Scenographic sensibilities beyond design (funded by AHRC TECHNE)

Sylvia Solakid
From non-time to time’s presence: transformations of the experience of contemporaneity in durational theatre and performance (funded by AHRC TECHNE)

Michelle Man
Lighting States - LightingScapes: Transformative Encounters with Light in the Choreographic

Laura Weston
Somatic approaches to Shakespeare using Laban Movement Practices

Joint-supervised PGR based in other schools

Melissa Addey
Imagining a Garden of Perfect Brightness How do writers of historical fiction recreate lost landscapes? (funded by FASS)

Priyanki Basu
In Pursuit of Belongingness: Can participation in theatre related activities facilitate the cultural adjustment process of non-UK domiciled university students?

Steve Tromans
Rhythmicity, Improvisation and the Deleuzian: Investigating a Notion of Musical-Philosophical Interdisciplinarity in Practice-as-Research in Music (funded by FASS)

Recent graduates 

Karen da Silva
Unconcealing Experience: Heidegger, Stanislavski and the creation of ‘truthful’ characterisations in dance