Research Degrees in

Contemporary Arts

in the Cheshire Campus

Postgraduate provision includes research degrees at MA (Res), MPhil, and PhD. All routes can be taken in full-time or part-time mode; in addition, there is also an opportunity to study via Distance Learning mode.

The Department of Contemporary Arts has a dynamic and vibrant research environment and an excellent reputation for its research quality and impact. The Department supports both practice-based as well as more traditional MPhil/PhD study. Practitioner researchers will be coming into a practice-as-research environment that has been established over a thirty-year period. 

The Department is comprised of the following subject areas:

Dance, Drama, Creative Writing, Contemporary Theatre and Performance, Music, Popular Music, Creative Music Production as well as Community-led Arts.

Thus we are able to offer supervisory support to a wide range of contemporary arts projects that can be focussed on a single discipline, multi-disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary.

We welcome research proposals related to any of the above approaches but also to the following projects that are currently being undertaken by staff in the Department:

  • Theatre and Amateurism
  • Third Theatre and Intercultural Performance/Training
  • Punk and Indie as Popular Music Genres
  • Songwriting
  • Music Composition
  • Laptop Performance Practice
  • Jazz Improvisation Practices
  • Video Poetry
  • Verbatim Theatre
  • Screen Dance
  • Dance Somatics
  • Performance Technology and Intermediality
  • Curating Arts Practices
  • Creative Leadership for Creative Organisations
  • New Dramaturgy
  • Post-dramatic Theatre and New Playwriting

As a postgraduate student at ManMet University on the Cheshire Campus, you will also benefit from being a part of a dynamic community of postgraduates who come together as part of the Cheshire Graduate School.

The Graduate School offer a wide range of training opportunities, a Faculty-wide Seminar Series and a host of student events.

As a postgraduate student in the Department of Contemporary Arts you would have access to the excellent suite of studio spaces in the Contemporary Arts building, expert support from the team of technicians, as well as a host of opportunities offered by the Axis Arts Centre, including professional networking.

Research degrees are available to study on-campus or through distance learning.

→ How to apply for a distance learning PhD


Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
For queries, please contact:

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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