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Programmes in Drama, Film and History of Art in the School of Arts at Kent

School of Arts

About the Programme

The University of Kent's School of Arts is based at the University's Canterbury campus in the purpose-built Jarman Building, offering a wide range of specialist facilities.

We offer PhD programmes in three of our subject areas: Drama and Theatre; Film: History and Philosophy of Art.

We offer PhD programmes with a practical emphasis, ‘Practice as Research', for practitioners who wish to develop and reflect on their work in a support environment alongside the challenges of academic rigour. These programmes are also ideal for those who have recently graduated from practical programmes and wish to develop a body of practice.

We also offer the traditional theoretical research PhD programmes, for those wanted to engage with and contribute to the specialist research in their discipline.

PhD Drama by Research
PhD Drama by Practice as Research
PhD Film
PhD Film: Practice by Research
PhD History and Philosophy of Art



In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, Arts at Kent was ranked 1st for research power and in the top 20 in the UK for research quality. An impressive 98% of our research was judged to be of international quality. The School's environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Our specialisms include: the overlaps between cognition, kinesthetics and performance, European theatre; popular and comic performance; collaborative film and media research; aesthetics; and visual cultures.



Canterbury is an ideal location to study these areas. As well as the extensive Templeman Library, the campus also has a commercial cinema and theatre complex, The Gulbenkian, which offers a wide variety of performances, public speaking, comedy and well as the latest films. The School of Arts also has a dedicated cinema, the Lupino, and a dedicated theatre, the Aphra, for our own students. We also host a dedicated art gallery, Studio 3, curated by our own students.


A place to study

Canterbury is ideally located for fast access to London via high-speed train direct to St Pancras, to access major resources of the British Library, the West End theatres, the British Film Institute and world-class galleries including the Tate galleries, the V&A, and National Portrait Gallery. The Kent coastline is a short trip away, for convenient access to the Tate Margate and the scenic and fashionable seaside towns of Folkestone, Deal, Hythe and Whitstable.

Our easy access to mainland Europe via Eurostar and Eurotunnel helps contribute to Kent's reputation as ‘the UK's European university'.



The University has a generous scholarship fund to support our research students with their tuition fees and living costs. To view all University and external funds that may be available please visit the Postgraduate Scholarships and funding pages.

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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