Drama (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • Drama and Dance at Sussex is ranked 15th in the UK in The Guardian University Guide 2017.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) English and Drama at Sussex was ranked in the top 10 in the UK for research quality.
  • Our areas of expertise include theatre and performance analysis; devising, rehearsal and compositional methods; plays and their staging; directing (theory and practice) and dramaturgy; cultural performance; popular theatre; British playwriting; European theatre/dance; the US avant-garde (20th and 21st century); politics, ideology and representation. Most of our research focuses on the 20th century and we work with specialists in early modern theatre.
  • Our faculty are leading practitioners and theorists, engaged in interdisciplinary research in drama, theatre and performance including the fields of critical theory; writing for theatre; experimental, popular, and sitespecific theatre; live art; feminist approaches to performance, and the intersections between drama, literature and visual cultures. We collaborate with art organisations and venues including the Live Art Development Agency, Marlborough Theatre/Pink Fringe and The Dome (Brighton), and theatre company Reckless Sleepers.
  • We have strong links with professional practitioners and partners in the creative industries locally, nationally and internationally, and we curate a vibrant
    programme of visiting artists to enrich study, research and mentoring.

Programmes

  • PhD in Drama, Theatre and Performance
  • MPhil in Drama, Theatre and Performance

Academic activities

Our postgraduate community benefits from a wide range of seminars and events, and incorporates a number of different research interests. This provides plenty of opportunity for you to interact with other researchers within the School of English. You have access to the wide range of training courses and seminars provided both within the School and by our Doctoral School.

Specialist facilities 

MPhil and PhD students have access to two diverse practical workshop spaces and equipment: one black box studio and a white, flexible, multimedia lab. A drama technician is available to help develop practical work. In addition, from 2015 all students will have access to the Attenborough Centre, the newly refurbished on-campus centre for the creative arts, with a variety of high-tech performance spaces to work in.

Entry requirements

MPhil in Drama, Theatre and Performance

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a drama-related subject or a discipline relevant to the chosen area of research and/or evidence of substantial research and/or evidence of professional performance-related experience in the field equivalent to a Masters. A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in drama, performance or theatre studies is also usually required.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

PhD in Drama, Theatre and Performance

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in a drama-related subject or a discipline relevant to the chosen area of research and/or evidence of substantial research and/or evidence of professional performance-related experience in the field equivalent to a Masters. A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in drama, performance or theatre studies is also usually required.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

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For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Drama, Theatre and Performance fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Drama, Theatre and Performance fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Overseas students: £14,8002

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

The sources of financial support listed below are for the subject area you are viewing and may not apply to all degrees listed within it. Please check the description of the individual source of financial support to make sure it is relevant to your chosen degree.

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

Dr Sara Jane Bailes
Reader in Theatre & Performance Studies
S.J.Bailes@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Theatre and performance studies

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Dr William McEvoy
Senior Lecturer in English
W.J.Mcevoy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Contemporary Theatre, Playwriting, Site-specific theatre and performance, Theatre and Ethics, Theory and criticism, Writer-director relationship

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Dr Jason Price
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre and Performance
J.Price@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Activist Performance, Aesthetics and Politics, Comedy, Contemporary Theatre, Dramaturgy, Marxism, Performance Histories, popular culture, Popular Theatre, Puppet Forms, Site-Specific and Public Art, Theatre and Community

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Careers and perspectives

The MPhil and PhD equip you with the skills for a career in academia; developing your own practice in the fields of theatre, performance and live art; directing; dramaturgy; artsrelated journalism and criticism; cross-media practice; curating and producing; arts administration; applied drama.

To find out more, visit Careers and alumni

Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

Contact us

Dr Sara Jane Bailes, 
School of English, Arts B, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9QN, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 876608 
E s.j.bailes@sussex.ac.uk

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Overseas visits

Meet with Sussex staff in your country at exhibitions, visits to schools and universities, and at a wide range of other events. Forthcoming visits are planned all over the world:

Bahrain • Brazil • Brunei • Canada • China • Colombia • France • Germany • Ghana • Greece • Hong Kong • India • Indonesia • Iraq • Italy • Japan • Kenya • Kuwait • Malaysia • Mexico • Nigeria • Norway • Pakistan • Qatar • Saudi Arabia • Singapore • South Korea • Spain • Sri Lanka • Taiwan • Thailand • Turkey • UAE • USA • Vietnam.

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