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Prospective Postgraduates


Postgraduate Open Days and Events

For full details and also to register for these events please visit the Open Days page.

TECHNE Open Evening for 2017 applicants

Date: Wednesday 1st November 2017, 5.30pm – 8pm

Venue: 11 Bedford Square (Montague Place), London, WC1B 3RF

Come and meet us to find out about our doctoral scholarships, engagement with cultural partners and varied training and networking opportunities. Academic staff from all TECHNE universities will be available to discuss your research proposal.  We can’t guarantee an expert in your subject, but all will be experienced in guiding doctoral applications.  Administrators will be on hand to advise on the application process.

To register go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/techne-ahrc-dtp-open-evening-tickets-38107756325  

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at techne@rhul.ac.uk.


Application Deadlines

Postgraduate applicants for September 2018 entry

If you would like to start your programme of study in September 2018, please submit your application as soon as possible.

Applications for MA Theatre Directing should be submitted no later than 31 May.  Please note that MA Theatre Directing applicants looking to obtain a College scholarship will need to apply for the scholarship at least 13 months before they are due to start their programme.

Postgraduate Research applicants applying for funding

If you are applying for funding for your research programme through the TECHNE scheme, your TECHNE application should be submitted no later than 8 January 2018.  Your College application should be submitted separately via the online application system. Further information on applying for funding can be found here.


Why Study Drama at Royal Holloway?

Drama production

We have one of the largest postgraduate research communities studying Drama in the country. Our postgraduate students make a valued contribution to the research culture of the department. You’re encouraged to attend research events organised by us and will be regularly updated about calls for papers and seminar and conference information.

We welcome you to participate in our research groups and to share practice and performance of different kinds. You’re also able to extend your creative practice in a range of unique performance spaces , which include a  traditional Japanese Noh theatre , the substantial Victorian  Boilerhouse and the brand-new  Caryl Churchill Theatre

You'll also benefit from our partnerships with the cultural sector and collaborations with artists and theatre-makers. Workshops and lectures are regularly offered to postgraduates by leading playwrights, directors, choreographers and practitioners in applied theatre, including Katie Mitchell, Rebecca Prichard and Jonathan Burrows.

If you wish to follow postgraduate taught courses, we offer a range of specialist programmes. Graduates from the MA programmes have successful careers in a range of areas that build on their studies at Royal Holloway.

Our MA programmes offer intensive training in different aspects of theatre and performance: MA Playwriting, MA in Contemporary Performance Practices, and a new MA Theatre Directing course taught by renowned theatre director Katie Mitchell OBE. Each MA programme combines creative and critical practices.

We also now offer an MA by Research in Drama, Theatre and Dance

The Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance is an ideal place to undertake PhD research. You’ll join one of the largest groups of PhD students in the UK and will be taught by academics with international reputations. Our doctoral students often work together organising conferences, editing  Platform, the journal for Early Career researchers, and contributing to undergraduate experience through directing plays and leading other activities. Many of our successful doctoral students have been appointed to full time lecturing posts in a range of universities both in the UK and internationally and become highly respected practitioners and in the cultural sector.

For more information about applying for a PhD check our information for current students page.




Drama applicants and employability 

Films courtesy of PostgraduateSearch.com


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