GSA’s PhD programmes support innovative research in a wide range of areas, fosters a spirit of independent enquiry, and encourages researchers to challenge received wisdom and extend the boundaries of the discipline.
At school and Faculty level, we host regular research events as well as bespoke training sessions on academic skills and informal research development opportunities. The aim is to offer postgraduates researchers a thought-provoking and supportive research environment in which to complete their PhD studies.
We welcome proposals that will result in a written thesis (c. 80,000 words) or a practice research curated portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000). As a research conservatoire, we are fully able to offer time and support for practice research experiments and practical methods of knowledge enquiry.
Three steps to applying
Step 1: Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor: We recommend that you contact our Director of Postgraduate Research, Professor Robert Shaughnessy, who can connect you with an appropriate supervisor.
Step 3: The strongest applicants will be invited to complete a studentship application form and receive one-to-one support in refining their applications.
PhD Studentships in GSA for Oct 2022 entry
Details will be announced in due course
Research at GSA is multifaceted and, while we welcome applications on any topic, we have particular interests in:
- Actor training
- Animals and performance
- Choreography and kinesthetics
- Disability and performance
- Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the arts
- Musical theatre
- Pedagogic research
- Performance and cognitive science
- Performance philosophy
- Sustainability and performance
All of our studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. The process after application deadlines differs for each studentship scheme. Most candidates will have confirmation by May.