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Performing Arts: Music, Drama, Dance – Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD Studentship

PGRs working on Performing Arts: Music, Drama, Dance projects are normally housed in the Department of English and Creative Arts.

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In REF 2021, the department submitted to the communications, cultural and media panel and 66% of our overall research profile was judged to be world-leading or internationally excellent. Our research covers a diverse range of subjects. Research specialisms in the department include themes and performance practice which engage with areas such as: autobiography, autoethnography, arts activism, commemoration and performative practices, community, participatory and socially engaged performance making, drag and queer cultures, feminisms, the gendered body in performance, human-computer interaction in music making, live and performance art and/or installations, the maternal, multi-channel acousmatic and/or audio-visual work, sited and site-specific performance, synthesised music composition. Researchers in the department interrogate themes using innovative practice-research methodologies as well as more traditional research methodologies.

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The department hosts a range of conference events, and we have research seminars that run each semester. GTAs are encouraged to join one of the research groups or centres and there are opportunities throughout the year to get involved with our conferences and seminar series. Postgraduate researchers are supervised by experienced academics, and we have an excellent record of GTAs securing academic positions after completing their PhDs.

All postgraduate researchers will be supported by a supervisory team with appropriate expertise. Please see the University’s research repository for further information on the research outputs of each member of staff in the department.

The University particularly welcomes applications for studentships in the project areas outlined below.

“As a PhD student, an important part of your journey is your relationship with your supervisors. It can make or mar you. It can inspire you or make you anxious for the rest of your journey.

I have been blessed with an amazing supervisory team who have been consistent in guiding, encouraging, supporting and directing me at every step of the way. They make my student experience enjoyable.

I am proud to say that they have given me wings to fly. I couldn’t have asked for a better team, and I am thankful to each of them for their kindness and support.”

Aniekan Ekpenyong – PhD Postgraduate Researcher


In the first instance please direct all enquiries about proposed projects on topics related to music, drama, dance, performing arts, film and screen studies to Dr Lena Simic, Graduate School research degree contact for the Department of Creative Arts by emailing [email protected] stating the specific research theme/s of interest from the research themes list.

Research themes

  • Applied and/ or participatory theatre.
  • Arts activism.
  • Civic and political theatres.
  • Decolonising theatre and performance.
  • Drag and queer cultures.
  • Electronic music.
  • Human-computer interaction in music (HCI).
  • Irish theatre.
  • Feminist theatre and autobiographical performance.
  • Postcolonialism.
  • South African theatre.
  • Staging family origins.