• Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

About the Programme

PhD and MPhil

Research Higher Degrees offered by the FGS-UVPA are designed to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills in candidates. The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programmes are advanced postgraduate degrees undertaken by research only, and lead to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area. Both programmes are available in full modes.

Research higher degree candidates are required to make an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in their fields of study, and meet recognized international standards for such work. Research should be conducted with a high level of skill in analysis and critical evaluation, and should provide evidence that the candidate is familiar with and has employed the most suitable research methods and other procedures in their studies. The FGS also encourages postgraduate students to conduct practice-based-research and produce high quality research outcomes.

After finalizing an MPhil or a PhD higher research degree, students will be able to demonstrate following Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs):

  1. Engage in critical and intellectual research enquiry
  • Critically evaluate ideas and information pertaining to research projects
  • Compare and contrasts existing knowledge in visual and Performing arts research

2.Demonstrate thorough understanding of new and existing research methodologies

  • Design and develop research projects in the relevant fields of interests
  • Tailoring appropriate methods and methodologies for research inquiries

3.Conduct high quality and innovative research projects pertaining to Visual and performing arts

  • Demonstrate theoretical and philosophical underpinning of research works
  • Apply relevant and appropriate techniques and technologies to evaluate data
  1. Provide innovative and novel solutions to complex problems
  • Identify and analyze existing and futuristic problems
  • Hypothesis and offer solutions for novel situations
  1. Demonstrate ability to comply with professional norms and ethics
  • Identify and apply existing norms and ethics in research
  • Apply and perform appropriate ethical frameworks for research projects
  1. Demonstrate leadership qualities and advocacy skills
  • Conceptualize and conduct new research projects generating new knowledge
  • Demonstrate leadership to resolve problems pertaining to research projects
  1. Communal skills and constructive contribution
  • Demonstrate abilities to communicate research findings to specialist and non-specialists
  • Communicate findings and disseminate them in diverse communication modes
  1. Evaluate, review and comment on one’s own work and ability to comply with new trends and demands
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and critically engage with one’s own work
  • Demonstrate the flexibility and absorption in new thoughts, ideas and arguments


Areas of Concentration

Researchers who are interested in pursuing a research degree (MPhil/PhD) can adhere to following subject areas but not limited to visual and performing arts. If you wish to submit a research proposal for an MPhil or a PhD, first you need to contact a possible supervisor (internal) listed in the website and develop your research proposal. Finalized proposal needs to be submitted in hand to the Faculty of Graduate Studies during week Days (8.30 – 4.00) adhering to the proposal submission guidelines. The evaluation and the acceptance of the proposal process will take at least 4 weeks and the FGS will contact you to inform the outcomes of your proposal. Please note that the soft copy of the research proposal should be sent to the following email:,

Theatre Studies

  1. Theatre, Dance and Performer Training
  2. Acting and Performance Practice
  3. Body and Somaesthetics
  4. Theatre Historiography and Archival Studies
  5. Theatre and Intermediality
  6. Theatre, Pedagogy and Philosophy
  7. Theatre and Therapy
  8. Theatre Ritual and Culture
  9. Performance Studies
  10. Theatre, Cultural and Gender Studies
  11. Theatre and Semiology
  12. Theatre and Interculturalism
  13. Theatre and Postcoloniality
  14. Postdramatic Theatre
  15. Performance and Reception
  16. Theatre and Cognition

Film Studies

  1. Film History and Archival Studies
  2. Film and Stardom Studies
  3. Film Theory and Philosophy
  4. Film and Digital Culture
  5. Visual Methodologies
  6. Photography and Image studies
  7. Film and Communication Studies
  8. Film, Gender and Cultural Studies
  9. Film Genres and Narratives
  10. Film, Visuality and Perception
  11. Film, Semiology
  12. Film and Literature

Visual Arts

  1. Art History and Philosophy
  2. Arts and Design
  3. Arts and Performance
  4. Image and Image Studies
  5. Sculpture and Architecture
  6. Arts and Curatorial Studies
  7. Digital Arts and Animation
  8. Textile and Ceramic Arts
  9. Drawings and Illustrations


  1. Dance and Movement Therapy
  2. Dance and Pedagogy
  3. Dance and Ritual Practices
  4. Dance and Dance Historiography
  5. Dance and Choreography
  6. Dance and Philosophy
  7. Dance body, Identity and Gender
  8. Dance and Postcolonialism
  9. Dance Movement, Perception and Cognition

Music Studies

  1. Music and Music Therapy
  2. Music and Music Pedagogy
  3. Musicology and Traditional Music
  4. Folklore and Folk Music
  5. Music and Sound Technology
  6. Ethnomusicology
  7. Music Performance and Instruments
  8. Music and Performance
  9. Music Writing and Notation Methods
  10. Music and Human Voice Production
  1. Certificate Courses:

Short Course on Research in Visual and Performing Arts

Short Course on Research in Visual and Performing Arts



Research in visual and performing arts has been heavily dominated by social science research paradigm. It is clearly evident that research carried out in theatre, dance, cultural and ritual studies and other related disciplines for the last four decades has been conducted through the social science research model which is intrinsically linked to positivism. In this social science model of research, knowledge is defined as something that is existing outside the researchers’ world and the objective of doing a research is to extricate this hidden knowledge and present it in an accepted written form. This written form is the classical way of writing a thesis or a dissertation. FGS at UVPA has also been following this classical model of social science research and has provided guidelines and supervision accordingly.  However, with the advent of poststructuralist thought and feminist intervention in cultural studies, the question of knowledge and the researcher’s subjectivity within the research paradigm have been heavily debated and contested. Further, especially in visual and performing arts, new research methodologies and tools have been re-invented and re-interpreted in order for ‘practitioner-researchers’ to extricate new knowledge paradigms they generate through artistic and reflective practices. With these development and arguments, research in visual and performing arts needs to re-think and re-access its epistemological and knowledge generation. The ongoing developments of new way of looking at knowledge and knowledge development in arts-based research have been a turning point in creative practices. Hence, the FGS at UVPA proposes a short course on research in Visual and Performing Arts, bringing novel approaches to research in creative arts practices.


  1. To introduce basic tenants of research and academic writing skills
  2. To develop competence in formulating a research project
  3. To introduce basics of practice-based-research in visual & performing arts
  4. To introduce abstract writing and writing research proposals
  5. To enable students to relate to other researchers’ research projects and learn

Learning outcomes

After the completion of this short course on research and academic writing, the student will be able to…

  1. Select, identify and locate relevant literature
  2. Identify the gap and formulate a research question/s
  3. Demonstrate analytical and theoretical competence
  4. Select methodology and write a research framework
  5. Write an abstract and extend it to a research proposal
  6. Communicate research ideas to an audience


Target Group

The Short Course on Research in Visual and Performing Arts is designed for academics, practitioners, graduate students and teachers who are in the fields of creative arts research and creative arts industry.  Over the years, the FGS has identified the need of a course which allows postgraduates, academics and graduates to develop their competence in arts-based research and academic writing which enable them to conduct research and present their research work as a form of a thesis.