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The University of Edinburgh: European Theatre

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Study type Research


Doctorate-level study is an opportunity to expand upon your interests and expertise in a community that really values research; and to make an original, positive contribution to European Theatre.

One of Europe’s foremost festival cities, with a rich artistic heritage and theatrical culture, Edinburgh is an inspirational place to study theatre. Researchers and practitioners are drawn here from across the globe.

As well as the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city is a year-round cultural treasure trove, with venues ranging from pop-ups and community spaces to the multi-stage Traverse Theatre, which provides support and opportunities for new and emerging writers.

Join our community and undertake a specialised research project under the guidance of experienced and well-published supervisors.

Based in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), you will benefit from expertise that spans British, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Russian and Scandinavian theatre studies, as well as drama and performance theory.

We have particular strengths in:

  • 17th-century French theatre

  • contemporary French cinema and fiction

  • 19th- and 20th-century Italian literature

  • 20th-century German theatre and cultural politics, particularly in the Weimar Republic and the GDR

  • digital philology

  • early modern, modern and contemporary Spanish literature and culture

  • electronic publishing

  • English Renaissance Theatre and theories of performance and performativity

  • film aesthetics and film philosophy

  • gender and performance

  • gender history

  • Greek and Persian political and sociocultural history

  • Greek poetry

  • literary theory

  • medieval literature

  • Modernism and performance

  • reception studies and popular culture

  • Russian modernist and postmodernist film, theatre and literature

  • Scandinavian literature

  • word and image

Working with colleagues elsewhere in LLC, and across the wider University of Edinburgh, we are able to support PhD theses crossing boundaries between languages and/or disciplines, including comparative literature, film studies, and translation studies.

Over the course of your PhD, you’ll be expected to complete an original body of work under the expert guidance of your supervisors leading to a dissertation of between 80,000 and 100,000 words.

You will be awarded your doctorate if your thesis is judged to be of an appropriate standard, and your research makes a definite contribution to knowledge.

Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

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