- Top 100 worldwide for Drama (QS World University Rankings 2017)
- 1st in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018
- 79% of research classified as world-leading or internationally excellent
- 22 fully-funded doctoral studentships over the last 3 years
- Superb industry-standard drama facilities
Exeter has one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK and offers a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, making it an ideal place to undertake an MPhil/PhD in Drama or Performance Practice.
Whatever your field of study – theatre, performing, directing, theory, writing for performance, dramaturgy, criticism, new media, analysis or historiography – you will have access to expert supervision, excellent practical resources and creative association with fellow students.
The department is situated in new, attractive buildings on a modern campus, and has a lively tradition of research and creative activity and many members of staff are writers and performers. The research webpages provide more comprehensive details about current research projects.
We work with external artists and theatre companies to produce research-based theatre and performance. The cultural region of the South West embraces Bristol and Plymouth as well as Exeter; all three cities have professional theatres, arts centres, and music performance venues delivering a wide range of exciting performances. Local facilities include the Exeter Northcott Theatre, Phoenix Arts Centre, The Bike Shed and the University itself. Students benefit from collaborations with organisations such as the Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Institute, The Old Vic Theatre, the Arnolfini in Bristol and other and national theatre companies, as well as public sector bodies such as hospitals, prisons and schools.
The department has always insisted on the importance of practice, and interest in research through practice is strongly welcomed. This might include a major interest in theatrical direction, performance, or playwriting associated with written study in the dissertation for drama. Our impressive reputation is backed up by consistently high scores for student satisfaction.
Drama at Exeter is an internationally-renowned centre for practice, research and teaching. We have maintained a reputation for excellence in teaching and student satisfaction. We are currently Top 5 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 and The Complete University Guide 2015 and have been 1st in the National Student Survey (NSS) on 5 separate occasions.
We host three Research Centres within the Department: the Centre for Contemporary Performance Practices; the Centre for Performance, Sciences and Community; and the Centre for Performance Histories and Cultures.
Our teaching grows out of our wide-ranging research interests and we provide a supportive and high quality environment for learning. We are one of the largest and best equipped Drama departments in the UK (with over twenty permanent staff, eleven practice studios, and over a dozen other seminar, workshop and multimedia spaces) and offer a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate research and practice, welcoming students from all around the world.
We are well connected internationally, for example, through our split-site scholarship programme with NIAS, Bangalore and exchanges with Austin, Texas.
The Department has a lively tradition of research and creative activity and many members of staff generate Practice-as-Research. We work with external artists and theatre companies to produce research-based theatre and performance. Students benefit from collaborations with organisations such as the Globe Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, local and national theatre companies, and public sector bodies such as hospitals, prisons and schools. We have strong links with the wider theatre industry, and graduate companies include significant Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, such as Theatre Alibi, Forced Entertainment and Punchdrunk.
Stephen Hodge, Head of Drama
I love my PhD
Drama PhD student Nora Williams tells us about her research and why she loves her PhD. View full size.