Theatre Postgraduate Research Options
We offer a range of postgraduate degrees from taught programmes (the HDip in Arts and the incoming MA in Theatre and Performative Practices) to research programmes (the MRes degree and PhD/MPhil degrees by research with a focus on Research by Practice).
Research Degree Options
Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Both MPhil and PhD are research degrees. They do not include formal, assessed course modules although in individual cases we may recommend that students attend existing DTS or College-wide generic modules where appropriate. The degrees are awarded on the basis of supervised individual research projects.
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.