Programme Description

Code: 54267 - 978(360)


Specific Admission Requirements

M degree with training in Theatre Studies and/or Theatre Arts or Theatre Skills (or an acceptable equivalent qualification approved by the Senate) and an approved research proposal. Candidates who do not have an BA Hons from Stellenbosch University Department Drama may be asked to complete and pass the module 10116 Theatre research: Introduction to Research Methodology 771 (20 credits) in the first year of their registration.


Programme Structure

Nature of programme

Doctoral degrees in the arts are research degrees culminating in a dissertation. The study as a whole can consist of theoretical work or it can be the result of an integrated study of the creative processes and theoretical work which are reported in a dissertation. The unique nature of the integrated option is derived from the coherence and interdependency of the study of the creative process and theoretical dimensions of the research leading to an original contribution to knowledge and insight of the arts. All material presented for the dissertation, including the creative work, should be in a format that can be archived and thereby be available to other users (e.g. other researchers).

Compulsory module

54267 -  978(360): PhD Drama and Theatre Studies

Assessment and Examination

Dissertation and oral examination. The dissertation is examined according to the procedures of the University for advanced degrees. All the material presented for the dissertation, including the creative work where applicable, is assessed as a single whole by the examiners appointed according to the normal procedures of the University.



Programme co-ordinator: Dr Schalk van der Merwe
Tel.: (021) 808 9546 or general office at 021 808 3216

​E-mail: schalkw​​@sun.ac.za​