Theatre Postgraduate Research Options
We offer a range of postgraduate degrees from taught programmes including the HDip and MA in Theatre and Performative Practices and MA in Arts Management and Creative Producing to research programmes including the MRes degree and PhD/MPhil degrees by research with a focus on Research by Practice.
Research Degree Options
Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy - Drama and Theatre Studies (PhD) and Doctor of Philosophy - Creative Practice (PhD)
The MPhil / PhD Track / PhD in Drama & Theatre Studies comprise the advanced graduate education within the Department of Theatre. Students engage with MPhil and doctoral research either through scholarly practice (resulting in a written dissertation), or through practice-based research (which combines a major / minor element of theatre, dance or performance practice / process, with a shorter written dissertation). The Department of Theatre at UCC offers supervisory expertise in a wide range of subject areas, including contemporary Irish theatre, contemporary German theatre, adaptation and translation of theatre and performance, contemporary performance practices, theories and practices of embodiment (including dance), critical theory and theatre / performance, radio and performance, and performative teaching and learning.
The new PhD in Creative Practice is a practice-based doctoral programme for emerging and professional artists, whose work moves across multiple arts disciplines. These might, for example, be practice as research projects in dance and film; theatre and visual arts; music and digital arts; somatics and creative writing. They might be projects which investigate creative practice in relation to science, or within education, or communities. We expect these PhD projects to be innovative in form as well as content, and students will be supported to develop structures and weightings between different elements of their doctoral study, as well as develop new forms to meet the multi-disciplinary reach of their work. In all iterations of the PhD, original creative practice combines with critical reading and reflection. This programme is currently anchored in the Department of Theatre.
Before formal application is made, candidates should initiate discussions with the Head of the Department of Theatre or with a staff member with whom they wish to pursue research. For details on staff research profiles and contact details see the UCC website.
Through this informal contact applicants may get a clearer idea of the range of the different PhD routes and nature of potential research projects that might be considered.
Once the informal contacts have developed to a point where a definite research proposal is emerging, the formal application process may be initiated. Intending students can also go directly to the formal process.
The Formal application is online through the Postgraduate Applications Centre www.pac.ie. Course codes are
- CKF67 M Phil – Drama and Theatre Studies
- CKF68 M Phil – Drama and Theatre Studies (Part-Time)
- CKG67 PhD (Track) – Drama and Theatre Studies
- CKG68 PhD (Track) – Drama and Theatre Studies (Part-Time)
- CKH72 PhD (Arts) – Drama and Theatre Studies
- CKH73 PhD (Arts) – Drama and Theatre Studies (Part-Time)
- CKV43 PhD - Creative Practice (Full-Time)
- CKV44 PhD - Creative Practice (Part-Time)
- CKV45 PhD (Track) - Creative Practice (Full-Time)
- CKV46 PhD (Track) - Creative Practice (Part-Time)
Applicants will be required formally to submit a 1,500 word research proposal and any necessary supporting documentation when applying through the PAC. This proposal will be developed through your contact with a DTS staff member.
PhD track is a provisional PhD registration. This process is formal and rigorous and depends on the applicant reaching an appropriate stage in completed research. Under certain conditions it may be possible for a student to register directly for PhD.
Under the new MPhil/PhD programme, the Department of Drama & Theatre Studies is interested in proposals for practice-based research projects as well as the more traditional library-based and archival research.
In the case of practice-based PhD work in Drama & Theatre Studies, the PhD work for assessment will consist of a substantial portfolio of practice and an extensive critical commentary.
While both the practical elements and the associated critical commentary will need to reach the appropriate standard, the degree will be awarded or withheld on the basis of the work as a totality. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Department and its work, proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries will also be given careful consideration, see staff profiles for further details.