What will I learn?

A PhD in Music Theatre invites you to work across media to challenge disciplinary boundaries.

You’ll study with expert faculty to produce a performance work. You support this with a portfolio of practical research activities or compositions and critical writing.

Our supervisors have experience both inside and outside of the academy, with particular expertise in:

  • art practice
  • production
  • modernity.

We welcome research proposals in the history and theory of opera and music theatre as well as artistic practice. Situated within the transdisciplinary culture of the School of Media, Film and Music, we encourage applications from varied disciplinary backgrounds.

For a PhD, your research work makes a substantial original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your chosen field.

Which department am I in?

School of Media, Film and Music

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
£18,500.00 (US$ 24,867) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 January 2022


University of Sussex

Sussex House,


Brighton & Hove,

BN1 9RH, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Degree requirements: You’re normally expected to have a Merit (an average of 60% overall) in a Masters degree and an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in a subject related to your chosen area of research. You will also be considered for this degree if you don’t have the academic qualifications required, but can show evidence of equivalent professional experience. IELTS (Academic) Higher level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component); TOEFL (iBT) High – 88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Sussex

In the vibrant coastal city of Brighton, Sussex offers a world-class education, real-world employability and an unforgettable student experience.

  • Ranked 20th in the UK and 160th in the world (THE WUR 2021)
  • Outstanding research reputation & excellent job prospects
  • Continual investment in facilities & the student experience
  • Beautiful campus with a welcoming global community

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