What will I learn?

The PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies offers a unique opportunity to undertake original and independent research at a leading department in its field, known for its internationalism and innovation. This degree offers the flexibility to undertake a written thesis or a combination of practice as research and written component.

Course Overview

The Theatre & Performance Studies department is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments in the discipline. Our extensive research portfolio and high-profile staff presence through editorial positions and participation in organisations such as IFTR, Psi and TaPRA, has meant that we have fostered and maintained links with national and international organisations as well as extensive academic networks.

This degree provides wide-ranging opportunities for doctoral candidates to engage in the high-quality research of the department including research seminars and conferences, students working groups and an annual postgraduate symposium.

Subject to the approval of the department, candidates may submit research that has two components: a written thesis and a body of creative practice. The practice as research (PaR) component may involve performance, curation, writing for performance, translation, applied theatre projects or digital outcome.

Supervision for doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. We supervise a wide range of students from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and welcome this diversity among our student body.

Research Themes

Areas for PhD supervision

Research in the department is transnational, collaborative and interdisciplinary and is focused on the following main - but overlapping - research themes:

  • Cities, Spaces and Sustainability
  • Citizenship and Participation
  • National and Transnational Identities
  • Performance, Politics and Popular Culture
  • History, Heritage and Memory
  • Spectacle and Spectatorship

Teaching and Learning

Supervision for doctoral students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. You will also be allocated a mentor in the department to whom you may address matters related to your study.

Throughout your research you will be integrated into the theatre and performance postgraduate community, have opportunities to undertake professional skills training and be encouraged to attend events and workshops both in the department and the wider university.

Which department am I in?

Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
£18,800.00 (US$ 25,271) per year
The above mentioned fee is for 2020/21. There might be slight increase in fee for 2021/22.

This is a fixed fee

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

Start date

Expected October 2022


University of Warwick


CV4 7AL, England

Entry requirements

For international students

Entry requirements 2:i undergraduate degree and a Master’s (or equivalent) in a related subject. IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above. Students need to have: Overall Score of 100 (Reading 22, Listening 21, Speaking 23, Writing 21);

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


About University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is a world-leading institution with a supportive and inspiring student environment.

  • 62nd in the QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 8th in The Guardian University Guide 2021
  • Top 30 worldwide for Employer Reputation
  • 7th among UK research universities in government assessment

Get in touch