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Performance and Cultural Industries


Expertise of research area
applied performance; arts leadership and management; arts marketing; creative writing and performance; cultural and creative industries; cultural policy; dramaturgy; entrepreneurship; immersive and participatory performance; music theatre

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<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

Studying for a research degree in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries will allow you to become an expert in a specialist area and gain high-quality research training, which will equip you to undertake further research projects in addition to pursuing specialist career paths.

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<p>We have a strong interdisciplinary ethos as we actively collaborate, to enhance our teaching and research, with other schools in the University, as well as with universities and industry around the world.</p> <p>As a postgraduate researcher in the School you&#39;ll be a key member of our academic research community. You&#39;ll experience a supportive, stimulating and challenging research environment which will enable you to pursue your interests and achieve your potential.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll have access to numerous funding, training, and development opportunities that&rsquo;ll both support your studies and prepare you for life after graduation.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll also benefit from our partnerships with organisations such as Leeds Playhouse, Opera North, and Ilkley Literature Festival, as well as our links with universities around the world.</p> <p>Our specialist facilities are designed to support a wide range of research in the arts and cultural sector, and specifically in areas of theatre and performance. The School is based in the stage@leeds building which comprises two public theatre spaces of 180 and 50 seats, which you&#39;ll have access to during your time studying with us.</p> <p>Leeds University Library is one of the UK&rsquo;s major academic research libraries, and has extensive holdings to support your studies including <a href="">Special Collections</a>&nbsp;offering a huge range of rare books, manuscripts and art.</p> <h2>Areas of supervision</h2> <p>We offer expert supervision in a wide range of specialisms, and also participate in joint supervision with other subject areas to support interdisciplinary research.</p> <p>You can <a href="">explore our research</a>&nbsp;and <a href=";query=&amp;isSupervisor=true&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=all&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=academic&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=professional&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=visiting&amp;staffTypes%5B%5D=honorary&amp;categoryIDs%5B%5D=96">view our staff list</a>&nbsp;to see the breadth of expertise available. We have particular strengths in:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Applied performance, including; intervention, social engagement, health and wellbeing, education and activism</p> </li> <li> <p>Compositional practices including; devised performance and physical theatre, food and performance, new writing and adaptation, ethics, improvisation and co-creation</p> </li> <li> <p>Creative entrepreneurship, arts marketing, management and leadership</p> </li> <li> <p>Cultural and creative industries</p> </li> <li> <p>Cultural policy and development</p> </li> <li> <p>Digital technologies, performance and the body</p> </li> <li> <p>Engagement and participation in theatre and the arts</p> </li> <li> <p>Immersive, environmental and site-specific performance</p> </li> <li> <p>Improvisation, free play, creativity and aesthetic development</p> </li> <li> <p>Impact and value of the arts</p> </li> <li> <p>Interactive and participatory performance</p> </li> <li> <p>Intercultural performance practices</p> </li> <li> <p>Scenography, costume and lighting design</p> </li> <li> <p>Contemporary opera and music theatre</p> </li> <li> <p>Performer training methodologies and their transmission across cultural borders</p> </li> <li> <p>Phenomenology and embodied spectatorship</p> </li> <li> <p>Politics of Performance</p> </li> <li> <p>Popular culture, including; burlesque, cabaret, club culture, punk and post-punk performance</p> </li> </ul> <h2>Research degrees</h2> <p>We offer three research degree paths for postgraduate students:</p> <ul> <li><a href="">Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)</a></li> <li> <p><a href="">Master of Philosophy (MPhil)</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="">Masters by Research (MAR)</a></p> </li> </ul> <h2>Research groups</h2> <p>Our research groups cover core areas of research strength in the School:</p> <ul> <li> <p><a href="">Audience Experience and Engagement</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="">Bodies and Performance</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="">Place and Performance</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="">Participation</a></p> </li> <li> <p><a href="">Performance Training, Preparation and Pedagogy</a></p> </li> </ul> <p>The <a href="">Centre for Cultural Policy</a>&nbsp;is also based in our School.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are also home to the&nbsp;<a href="">Centre for Cultural Value</a>, a national research centre based at the University of Leeds.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <h2>Practice-led research</h2> <p>We offer expert supervision in performance-based theatre studies for students who wish to pursue their chosen area of postgraduate research through practice.</p> <h2>PhD by Distance Learning</h2> <p>It is possible to study for a PhD by Distance Learning,for further information contact&nbsp;<a href="">Dr Mic Spencer</a>, Head of the Graduate School.</p> <p>The School of Performance and Cultural Industries offers PhD by Distance Learning, for further information please contact Dr Mic Spencer, Head of the Graduate School: <a></a></p>

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<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made <a href="">online</a>. Please state clearly the research area you are interested in.</p> <p>Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures<br /> The minimum English language requirements for Schools in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component.</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

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<p>For further information please contact the School of Performance and Cultural Industries.<br /> e: <a href=""></a></p>

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