M.Phil. Drama (MPhil)

Goldsmiths, University of London

Tuition fee:
  • £ 4,052 / Year (EEA)
  • £ 12,710 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Duration full-time: 36 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Department of Theatre and Performance's vibrant research culture embraces a wide range of global theory and practice in theatre and performance, ranging from play-texts and productions to physical practices and critical/cultural theory, on which students can draw in their own research.

Our ethos is both interdisciplinary and intercultural and this is reflected acrossour staff, our programmes and our students.

As a research student, you may register either for research based on practice with a written element, or for research by written thesis.

If your topic is practice-led you should be concerned to contextualise your practice in relation to other cultural production and critical theory in your contribution to new knowledge.

Empirical research is essential to innovative practice and you will be required to propose how you intend to conduct this during the course of your studies, as well as present and document this as part of your final submission.

At research level, the Departments aim is to encourage and support innovative thinking and approaches to praxis, both historical and contemporary and within a broad cultural frame of reference, and for this to be conducted within the context of live as well as academic sources.

Goldsmiths celebrates interdisciplinarity and supervision may be conducted within the department as well as through inter-departmental co-supervision.


All students initially enrol on the MPhil programme and subsequently upgrade to PhD status if their work is considered to be at the appropriate level. You can study full-time or part-time and can apply to upgrade to PhD registration usually after 18 months (full-time) or 24 months (part-time).

All students are supervised by a full-time member of staff, generally agreed during the preliminary discussion regarding your research with the Departments Director of Postgraduate Studies. Find out more about our research degrees, including information about starting your research, upgrading to PhD registration, and submitting your thesis.

Research methodology seminar

All students enrolled on the MPhil/PhD programme are required to attend a weekly seminar in research methodology. This seminar is designed to bring together research students with diverse interests in a co-operative and stimulating environment.

Its objectives include training students for the Spring Review Week, written and oral presentations, preparation for upgrading procedures, and publication of articles.

Assessment: Through thesis and viva voce. If you are studying for a practice-based degree, you present a thesis in the form of a practical presentation and written dissertation, and have a viva voce.


Research in the Department of Theatre and Performance

The Department of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths is distinguished by a strong emphasis across its diverse range of practical and scholarly work on the social roles, impact and influence of theatre/performance. Building on its well established reputation in the key areas of practice-as-research, the cultural and creative industries and the sociocultural study of the theatre, the Department has since 2001 appointed outstanding new staff to develop distinctive groupings of individual and collaborative research as well as the cross-fertilisation between them. It has consolidated its practice-as-research portfolio and promoted African, Black British and diasporic theatres as well as European theatres, adding Irish and Romanian, Spanish, Catalan and German to our existing expertise in British , Russian, French and Italian.

There are four main research clusters:


Theoretically-informed practice as research is a key feature of the Department, moving beyond established theatre practice to embrace performance in medicine, dance and schools; the public services sector; and the cultural industries more generally.

Cross Disciplinary Performance and Interdisciplinary Writing

The Departments commitment to cross-generic and cross-disciplinary synergies across the breadth of its activities generates a distinctive research cluster that includes history, translation studies , African studies , English studies and sociology.

History and theory of the theatre

History, sociology and theory of the theatre/performance, playwriting and dramaturgy constitutes the Departments third main research group. This incorporates drama, productions and performance in national/regional focus; sociology of theatre/performance including cultural theory and ethnography; national and international playwriting and dramaturgy; the study of acting, directors and companies.

Cross-culturalism, multiculturalism and hybrids

The potential of cross-cultural, multicultural and hybriddrama/performance and their exploration as social processes forms the fourth cluster. Our strategy has involved enhancing and interweaving the theoretical underpinnings and empirical investigation of cross-cultural performance, exploring issues specific to multicultural Britain in the contexts of immigration and globalisation and the hybrid practices characteristic of our practice-as-research which merge live performance with video, interactive technology and the web.


If your first language is not English you need a minimum score of 7.0 in IELTS (including 7.0 in the written element) or equivalent.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you arent a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

We also accept a wide range of international equivalent qualifications, which can be found on our country-specific pages. If you'd like more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

English language

If your first language isn't English, you need to demonstrate the required level of English language competence to enrol on our programmes.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


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