PhD Theatre, Film and Television Studies

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies’ international reputation for conducting cutting-edge quality research makes Aberystwyth an ideal place to pursue Doctoral research (either at MPhil or PhD level). The Department’s large and vibrant postgraduate community is viewed as a key component of the Department's research and teaching excellence.


  • 4 Fully equipped studio theatres
  • Digital, high definition television studio
  • 3 Rehearsal rooms
  • 36 Digital video editing, recording and viewing rooms
  • Computerised lighting systems
  • Digital sound studio with digital effects processing and multi-track recording facilities
  • Research student study suite with dedicated computers, editing software, printer and telephone.

Our research degrees:

We currently have some 40 PhD and MPhil research students working with us, who have come to us from across the UK, Europe and further afield. The range of topics and methodologies employed is exceptionally wide, covering textual, archival, historical, practice-based, empirical and philosophical studies. Research projects include work in English and Welsh, and across the whole range of theatre and drama, performance studies, scenography, media and communication, and film and television studies. 

Key Facts

An important part of any doctoral provision is the wider research culture in which students are embedded. We offer an annual programme of research seminars, with high-profile visiting speakers and performers; a series of methodology postgraduate forum seminars, designed to strengthen both specific and generic skills in all postgraduate students; and an annual three-day research conference, attended by staff and all postgraduates, in which we share ideas and problems intensively.

Please visit our School's Research page for information regarding our staff, areas of interest, facilities and other information.


The Department offers opportunities for full-time or part-time MPhil or PhD study.  Supervision and research training is offered in both English and Welsh, and supervisory expertise is available in topics such as: aesthetics, politics and social engagement; site-specific performance; ecology and performance; Welsh and minority-language theatre, film, television and online media; contemporary British and Irish theatre; documentary and verbatim theatre; theatre and philosophy; performance historiography and archiving; national and trans-national processes of production and contexts of reception; film, press and broadcasting structures; histories and regulatory policies; alternative, avant-garde and experimental theatre and film; television drama, genres and aesthetics; scriptwriting; media fandom; reception and audience studies; documentary film and television; horror, fantasy and cult film and television; film stardom and performance; social media and multi-platform media; British cinema; Russian cinema and theatre.

The Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth is the highest rated Arts and Humanities Department in Wales, according to the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, with 60% of research submitted being rated world-leading.

Our Staff

All academic staff at the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies are research active and/or involved in Knowledge Transfer projects and have either relevant academic qualifications at doctoral level or equivalent professional experience and expertise.

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

If you have a Bachelor’s degree from a UK University, you do not need to take an English proficiency test.

Non-native English speakers who do not meet this requirement must take a University-recognised test of academic English language proficiency.  The Department’s language requirement for these applicants is IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent). See this page for further details: 

Applicants for PhD places should normally hold an upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent, and have completed (or be near completion of) a Masters level qualification or have relevant, equivalent professional experience.  Applicants for MPhil places should normally hold an upper second class honours degree or overseas equivalent.

If you would like to make an initial enquiry about working with us as an MPhil/PhD candidate in the department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS), please send your proposal to the Departmental Postgraduate Research Co-ordinator, Dr Kate Egan Further advice on constructing a proposal is available here:

Applications for doctoral study will be considered first in the light of our ability to provide satisfactory supervisory support, both at the level of the topic on which you plan to work, and at the level of the methods you will use for this.  Once we have considered your proposal we will be in touch to encourage you to make a formal application.   At this point, please complete an ‘Application Form For Research Programmes’ and reference forms available from the Postgraduate Admissions Office and send at your earliest convenience to the address given on the form, along with a hardcopy of your proposal.

If you wish to be considered for any kind of funding you should contact us in October (or by January at the very latest) for advice and guidance on preparing a good application.  Different submission deadlines and procedures will apply for the various funding schemes so please contact us for details.

To apply for a research course, please see our How to Apply page

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