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One Full Bursary and One Fees Only Bursary in Dance and Theatre

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The University of Chichester has one full Bursary and one Fees only bursary for PhD study for 3 years available in the areas of Dance and Theatre. Applications will be accepted from candidates in the areas indicated below.

The University of Chichester excelled in the UK-wide Research Excellence Framework (REF) with results announced in December 2014 revealing that 90% of our research is rated as internationally recognised or higher and 15% classified as ‘world-leading'.

We are looking for a creative and innovative research students with a record of achievement to explore practice-led research. You will be supervised by experienced scholars with a track record in practice-led research and choreographic practices and will benefit from engaging in our dynamic arts-based research environment and culture.

Choreographic communication and cognitive processes (Full Bursary – Dance only)

This project will investigate models of creative cognition and communication operating within choreographic processes and seeks to articulate how different modes of communication are employed within studio-based settings. Employing theoretical perspectives drawn from proxemics, sociology, communication theory and psychology, it aims to illuminate, expose and evaluate the varying interpersonal, trans-personal, inter-subjective and non-verbal modes of communication employed within choreographic processes. The research outcomes will produce knowledge relevant for both academic and arts professionals and for a wide range of research domains such as psychology, behavioral studies and sociology beyond the immediate spheres of theatre, dance and performance research. It aims to:

a. Investigate practice-led methods that interrogate processes of creative cognition and communication operating within a range of choreographic processes.
b. Explore relationships between imagination, language and social dynamics within choreographic processes.
c. Test specific processes of proxemics and conceptual metaphor within the context of creative dance-making and assess their efficacy as choreographic ‘devices'.

The successful candidate will be supervised by Prof Jane Bacon and Dr Vicky Hunter.

Open proposals (Fees only Bursary – Dance and/ or Theatre)

Applications will be accepted for the Fees only bursary application will be accepted from candidates in the areas indicated below.

• Movement and depth psychology
• Screendance
• Dance and New Media
• Choreography

For an informal query please contact Prof Jane Bacon, [email protected] or Dr Vicky Hunter: [email protected]

We are particularly interested in high calibre applicants who want to play an active role in the continued development of our research environment. Applicants should have an existing MSc or MA qualification. Every applicant should have good quantitative and/or qualitative research methods skills appropriate to their discipline, and should be a well-organised, self-motivated researcher.

For full details and further information about University of Chichester PhD bursaries please visit:

Application forms can be found here:

For questions regarding the application process contact Dr Antony Walsh ([email protected])


Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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