MPhil/PhD Research Degree Programme in collaboration with the University of East London

  • MPhil/PhD Research Degree Programme in collaboration with the University of East London
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About this course



Term Start

January 2021

Entry Requirements

Applicants for PhD via MPhil should have either a first class or upper second class honours degree from a UK Higher Education Institution or an overseas qualification rated as equivalent. We are also enthusiastic to hear from applicants who, despite not having the above formal degrees, are advanced arts practitioners from across the theatre and creative industries. Please be in touch to discuss whether your experience as a practitioner might be applicable in this way.

The minimum language requirement for a research degree is an IELTS Academic English score of 7.0 overall (minimum of 6.5 in all components). This should normally have been gained within the past two years.

This collaborative research degree programme is available by both full-time and part-time study, and offers candidates access to the facilities of both Rose Bruford College (RBC) and the University of East London (UEL).

Why choose this course?

  • Research a thesis based on a topic of your own choosing
  • Develop high-level research skills supported by specialist academic tutors
  • Combine both practice-based and theoretical research areas
  • Access the resources and expertise of both a large multi-faculty university and a small specialist institution
  • Develop your academic writing and presentation skills and be supported in presenting your work through conferences, publication and performance.

Employability & Industry

Many PhD graduates work in University level teaching and research, both nationally and internationally.

Practitioners wishing to formalise their knowledge and practical experience often see a research degree as an ideal way of doing this.

Fee and Application Information

Accredited by University of East London

You may register on this programme as either a part-time or full-time student. Most MPhill students would expect to upgrade to PhD registration within 18 to 24 months. Completion of the PhD would be expected to take on average 3 years (full-time) and 5 to 6 years (part-time).


For 2020-21, fees for MPhil/PhD students are as follows:

Home/Republic of Ireland:

Full-time UK/Republic of Ireland students fees              £5,260                   
Part-time UK/Republic of Ireland students fees             £2,630



Full-time International students fees     £14,040

Part-time International students fees   £7,020  


Fees are set by University of East London. Please click here to read their fees policy.

How to Apply

Please click here to register your interest in applying. 

Course content

You will be assigned a supervisor from both Rose Bruford College and the University of East London (UEL)  and we encourage applications for practice-based research.

You will be registered with UEL and will receive a UEL degree. All students register for an MPhil degree in the first instance and then can upgrade to a PhD upon satisfactory progress.

You should identify your area of research and submit a research proposal to RBC. If we are able to support your research, you will then be required to make a formal application via the UEL website. Upon registration, you will be assigned a primary and secondary supervisor who will guide your research.

To complete your PhD, you will be required to write an 80,000-word thesis (or equivalent if you are submitting practice-based elements), summarising your research. You will then undergo an oral examination (a viva) on your thesis.