Drama is a research-intensive subject with a collective focus on performance in a post-conflict environment.
Drama is a research-intensive subject at Ulster, with staff working in a wide range of areas within and across the discipline. In Ref 2014, Unit of Assessment 35 (Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts) nearly 60% of research outputs and 100% of the impact of our work on policy and creative practice was rated 4* (world- leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). The impact of our research was judged to be 90% 4*, one of only a handful of Units of Assessment to achieve this score across the whole Higher Education sector.
Research interests in Drama focus collectively on performance in a post-conflict environment, particularly applied performance, and gender, conflict and performance; methodologies of theatre practice, and Irish drama. Individual specialisms are indicated below, but recent staff research projects include: Theatre for Young Audiences; Rape/Violence and Performance; Applied Theatre and Post-Conflict Societies; Theatre and Ritual; Storytelling.
Applications for practice-based research are especially welcome, as are interdisciplinary projects. The MRes (Arts) is offered in Drama for students wishing to undertake a preparatory year before commencing the doctoral programme.
All research students are members of the Faculty of Arts Research Graduate School. Postgraduate rooms with computing and study facilities are available for students on the Coleraine and Magee campuses, and annual series of research seminars offer students opportunities to engage with current research in their discipline.
Research staff are members of the Arts and Humanities Research Institute, and PhD candidates are associate members. Postgraduate students are encouraged to participate in the wider research community and to develop their skills and experience by presenting at research seminars within the University as well as at national and international conferences.
Current research students have been successful in achieving financial support from the Department for Education and Learning (DEL) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) with additional assistance from sources such as the Standing Conference of University Drama Departments (SCUDD) and Ulster Universitys Library Travel Fund.