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Applying for a PhD

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We welcome applications from those wishing to join the Drama department’s vibrant intellectual community.

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To help us advise you as effectively as possible, we encourage prospective applicants to make their initial enquiry by completing the enquiry form [DOC 37KB] and emailing it to Dominic Johnson, the Director of Graduate Studies for Drama. He will advise you on your project and answer any queries you might have about pursuing doctoral research in Drama at Queen Mary. 

From January 2017 Dominic Johnson will be taking up the role of Director of Graduate Studies for Drama.

Prospective applicants who have already developed full research proposals presented in accordance with our guidelines and who have consulted our staff pages to identify potential supervisors are also encouraged to contact Dominic Johnson with their proposals for advice in advance of making a formal application. Details about the information to include with your application can be found on our Making an Application page


Entry Requirements

Your previous academic qualifications and other relevant experience will be taken into account when your application is assessed. While each application is assessed on its merits, applicants are normally expected to hold a good undergraduate degree (a solid 2.1 or above) and a master’s degree (usually with an average of 65 or above, preferably with elements of distinction) in fields related to your proposed area of PhD research. 

We understand that you may not have completed your master’s degree at the time of application, in which case we will consider results available at that point. Applicants without master’s-level qualifications (completed or in progress) are not normally considered for admission to the PhD programme. In certain cases this requirement may be waived in accordance with College regulations, but only under exceptional circumstances.



The deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for funding for 2018-19 entry is 31 January 2018. Please visit our funding page for further information.

In the first instance, please contact Drama’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dominic Johnson, for advice about any aspect of the application process.

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