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PhD Anthropology, Media and Performance
Practice-based research training by drama and visual anthropology experts.

PhD Anthropology, Media and Performance

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy
Duration
36 Months. [Full-Time], 72 Months [Part-Time]
Entry requirements

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

Full entry requirements

How to apply
 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
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Programme description

The programme will be jointly managed by Drama in the School of Arts Languages and Cultures, and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. It is a practice-based programme, governed by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

After a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, students will be expected to carry out their projects on the basis of field research of a up to a year's duration. In the third year, students will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of their results in textual or other media as appropriate.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA

Please note for the majority of projects where experimentation requires further resource: higher fee bands (where quoted) will be charged rather than the base rate for supervision, administration and computational costs. The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive and, therefore, you will not be required to pay any additional bench fees or administration costs.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of the course for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your project.

Scholarships/sponsorships

British and EU students intending to take a research degree (MPhil or PhD) in the School are eligible to apply for support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and may be eligible to apply to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). AHRC and ESRC grants are competitive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students. Please see the  School website  for further details.

The School also offers a limited number of bursaries and studentships on a competitive basis, details of which will be posted on the  School website  as soon as they are available.

Please note that whilst we do not have closing dates for programme applications, all funding competitions have a specified deadline for submitting the funding application form and a separate (earlier) deadline for submitting the online programme application form, both of which will be stated in the funding competition details on the School website

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Rachel Corbishley
Telephone
+44 (0) 161 275 3559
Email
Website
http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/drama/research/postgraduate-research/
Academic department overview

See: About us

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials. 

English language

Students whose first language is not English require:

an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with 7.0 in the writing component

or

a TOEFL score of 600 paper-based test or 100 internet-based test

or

a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of 70 overall with 70 in the writing component

or

an overall Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) III grade of Merit with Merit in the writing component

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Other entry requirements

The University requires you to reside within a commutable distance from Manchester during your time as a registered student, unless you are on approved fieldwork/a formal placement or are on a period of Submission pending. This is to ensure that you are able to meet attendance expectations and participate in wider research activities within your discipline area and/or School. Should you be unable to do this at any point during your programme, a formal case must be made to the Faculty office, together with the full support of your supervisor(s). The University reserves the right to reject such a request where it is considered that your residency could have a detrimental impact on the progression and engagement of your studies.

Application and selection

How to apply

 For details of how to apply, go to: Applying for a postgraduate programme

Advice to applicants

We recommend all research applicants to attempt to find a suitable supervisor here at Manchester by searching the subject area  of interest to you and looking at their staff list. 

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT TEACH EVENING CLASSES OR OFFER DISTANCE LEARNING COURSES.

Interview requirements

The University requires Schools to interview all applicants to whom we consider making an offer. Interviews will be conducted by two academics, usually the proposed main supervisor and the subject or divisional PGR Director (or an assigned representative). The interview can be either face-to-face, via SKYPE, via conference call or via email. The interview serves several purposes: it allows us to get a better picture of the candidate's ability to carry out the proposed doctoral project than the research proposal on its own; it allows us to communicate to the student what the proposed supervisor(s) can bring to the project; and it allows us to discuss with the candidate directly any potential problems with the practical aspects of their studies and explore solutions together.

Deferrals

Applicants may defer entry provided they have discussed it with their supervisor. Deferred applicants are subject to the fees of the year of entry onto the course.

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

The programme will be jointly managed by Drama in the School of Arts Languages and Cultures, and the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology/Social Anthropology in the School of Social Sciences. It is a practice-based programme, governed by the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

After a year of academic formation and preliminary training in research methods and relevant craft techniques, students will be expected to carry out their projects on the basis of field research of a up to a year's duration. In the third year, students will be expected to return to Manchester and prepare the presentation of their results in textual or other media as appropriate.

Aims

To introduce students to potential interdisciplinary combinations of Anthropology, Applied Theatre/Performance Studies and Media Production so that they can produce original knowledge in one or more of these academic fields.

To introduce students to cutting-edge theories and self-reflexive, critical research practice in all these fields.

To train students in a range of practical field research methods and media production skills sufficient to enable them to carry out the year-long fieldwork that is an integral and necessary aspect of the second year of the programme and to produce a combination of written dissertation and media and/or performance practice thereafter.

To make students aware of the legal and ethical implications of their work and of the appropriate procedures for ensuring ethical clearance of their research.

To encourage students in the development of a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills

Special features

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Although there are a number of existing performance or film-making genres that draw on various mixes of anthropological and/or applied theatre expertise, there is no doctoral programme, nationally or internationally, that offers an effective combination of academic and technical training necessary to bring them together. The University of Manchester is uniquely equipped to offer this training, having both the professional academic expertise and the provision of AV facilities by the University's Media Centre and the technicians in Drama. Our intention with this programme is to provide students with a more systematic, one-stop opportunity to acquire this range of skills.

The programme will employ a pedagogical approach featuring a high degree of peer-group formative assessment and enquiry-based learning. This approach fits particularly well with the reflective, action- and practice-based research typically carried out by film-makers and performers in professional contexts. Face-to-face training and supervision will be supported by a dedicated Blackboard presence.

Both applied theatre practitioners and anthropologists typically engage with deprived and marginalised populations across a diverse range of social contexts, thereby contributing to the development of social and cultural capital in those contexts, and thus to the remit of the University's 2020 strategy to support the development of a secure, humane, prosperous and sustainable future for human society.

Students on this programme will be part of the Graduate School of Arts, Languages and Cultures. For more information on the facilities available within the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, please visit www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/study/graduate-school/

Teaching and learning

One of the central aims of this programme is to combine visual, aural and textual media in an imaginative, self-reflexive and critically aware manner to generate original knowledge in one or more of the academic fields from which it draws, namely Anthropology, Applied Theatre, Screen Studies and Performance/Media Practice. The methods of assessment have therefore been devised to test both the development of skills and competences in the use of performance and media practice for the purposes of ethnographic research, and development of text-based writing and intellectual abilities.

In the training phase, students will be able to draw on a broad range of modules. These involve an equally broad range of assessment methods, ranging from conventional 4000-word assessment essays to portfolios of practical work. Each student will have be assigned at least two supervisors, normally with one in Drama, the other in Anthropology. One of these supervisors will be considered the `principal supervisor' and will be primarily responsible for monitoring the student's progression.

The thesis, produced in the third year, will provide evidence of the creation and interpretation of knowledge that extends the frontiers of the disciplines of Drama (incorporating Applied Theatre, Screen and Performance Studies) and/or Social Anthropology through original research. It will consist of the following: 1) a practical outcome, typically a media production (in the form of film, photography and/or audio recordings) and/or a theatrical performance; 2) a 20-50,000 word dissertation containing a presentation of the research as a contribution to the academic discipline of Drama (including Applied Theatre, Screen and Performance Studies) and/or social anthropology; an exploration of ethical issues of research and practice; a statement of methodology. The thesis will be examined by means of a viva, as provided for in University regulations.

Programme content for year 1

In this first, pre-fieldwork coursework year, the precise modules that students will be recommended to take will vary, in accordance with the results of the skills audit that will be carried out immediately following enrolment. In order to carry out the fieldwork and media production of the second year, students will require intellectual and theoretical preparation, both in anthropology and in applied theatre and/or screen and performance studies, in combination with training in particular field research skills and technical competences in applied theatre and/or media production. Some of these skills they will already have prior to enrolment, as one of the conditions of acceptance onto the programme is that students have an MA level qualification in one or more of the following fields: Applied Theatre, Social Anthropology and Media Production. On the basis of the skills audit, students will be directed towards modules providing the intellectual formation or skills training that they will require in order to carry out their field projects.

During the first year of the doctoral programme, students will be typically engaged in coursework on a week-by-week basis, supplemented by supervisorial meetings on a fortnightly basis during teaching weeks and attendance at the programme-specific Master Classes by professional practitioners in film-making and applied theatre. These sessions will be `anchored' by the programme director or one of the other principal teachers on the programme, to provide continuity over the series. Master Class givers will be invited by the programme director, taking into account the particular interests of the students enrolled on the programme in any given year. The aim of these sessions will be to give students exposure to professional standards of performance and media production outside academic life and they will not be formally assessed.

Programme content for year 2

During the second year of the programme, students will be carrying out their field research and media production.

Programme content for year 3

In the third year, students will be writing up and preparing their media outputs.  Personal supervision will become the principal medium of teaching, though this may be supplemented in the third year by attendance at Master Classes and pertinent postgraduate research seminars in either the Drama or Social Anthropology subject areas.

Facilities

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Postgraduate study is supported in the Martin Harris Centre for Music and Drama through an exclusive postgraduate computer cluster and postgraduate common room.  Postgraduates are also able to borrow DVDs and videos from the Lenagan Library in the basement of the Martin Harris building.

As well as seminars and public lectures in the larger School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, postgraduates in Screen Studies are encouraged to participate in our regular Cultivating Research seminar series, which brings together staff and postgraduate students to discuss their recent and current research.

For Screen Practice at Drama, postgraduates are able to book professional digital video cameras, equipment for sound recording, an AVID suite for non-linear editing and a digital recording studio available for audio projects.

The Centre for Screen Studies also collaborates with the Media Centre at the University of Manchester, providing advanced audio-visual facilities and extensive technical support.

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to offer PhD students a dedicated desk/office, however there are a number of dedicated PhD computer clusters for your use in the Graduate School. Please note that all clusters operate on a hot-desking principle.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The PhD programme will teach theory and method in Anthropology, Applied Theatre/Performance Studies and Media Practice, to prepare the students for an academic career. The programme is also designed to encourage students in the development of a range of transferable skills in areas such as IT and AV media, as well as presentational, writing, team-working and foreign language skills to enable the students to apply for jobs in the cultural sector.