Research Themes, Research Groups, and Centre
Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies Research is organised within interdisciplinary and subject/discipline research groups, and we collaborate with colleagues across Ulster as part of the Creative Industries Institute (established in 2017). Current projects led by this unit include the £13 million AHRC Creative Cluster, Future Screens NI, and the UKRI Covid Rapid Response project Museums, Crisis and Covid-19.
In REF2014, 90% of Research Impact was judged to be 90% 4* 'world leading', with the unit placed in the UK top 5, and the unit's overall profile saw it ranked alongside prominent research-intensive departments at other universities and in the conservatoire sector.
Our research addresses the interdisciplinary themes of:
- Arts, heritage, and conflict
- Applied arts, health and disability
- Creative industries and technologies
- Arts practices, practice-as-research
A unique multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment for research within and between the fields of drama, film, music, heritage and museum studies.
Meet the staff behind our Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies research.
Music at Ulster University has a vibrant community of practitioner-researchers, with interests in key areas of contemporary practice including composition, music technology, participatory/applied music, and improvisation and performance and soundtrack research.
Drama researchers at Ulster work as a research-intensive subject team within the field of drama and in interdisciplinary projects with collaborators across the creative arts; with staff in other subjects across the university; and, with a range of external partners.
Film and Screen/Cinematic Arts at Ulster University is a new and vibrant area of research that combines theory and practice of moving image arts in the new digital media age.
The heritage and museum studies subject at Ulster University has been established since 2001 and has maintained a vibrant research culture ever since. Current research focuses around the theme Engaging the Past, which considers issues of memory, interpretation, representation, identity and political context of notions of heritage.
Bringing together our research and teaching expertise to collaborate with industry, government and communities.
PhD research can be pursued in the following individual subject areas: Cinematic Arts (film/moving image practice and film and screen studies), Drama, Heritage and Museum Studies and Music.
PhD opportunities in Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies
Check our funded and self-funded PhD opportunities in Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies.
Find out more about Music, Drama, Dance, Performing Arts, Film and Screen Studies Research
Our infrastructure includes specialist equipment and performance spaces at our Magee (Derry/Londonderry) and Belfast campuses, and we also have extensive experience partnering with arts organisations across NI.
Researchers in this unit have published in some of the leading journals in music, drama, film/screen and heritage/museum studies, and in volumes published by Springer, Palgrave, Rowman and Littlefield, Manchester University Press and Routledge.
Recent creative practice-based research from the unit has included jazz albums, screen operas, electroacoustic and experimental music, installation art and voice work for a film.
Over the course of the REF 2021 cycle, this unit has published eight books, including three monographs and five edited collections, with publishers including Palgrave, Routledge, and Rowman and Littlefield.
Previous conferences, symposia and festivals of Music, Drama, Film and Screen and Heritage research
Our PhDs are a key part of our research community, with dedicated office spaces, IT and performance/production facilities and administrative support at Magee campus, in addition to university-level support via the Doctoral College.
Future Screens NI is a £13 million project within the AHRC/UKRI Creative Clusters programme, delivering expert technical skills, opportunity and growth across film and broadcast, animation, games and immersive technologies and industries in Northern Ireland.
This UKRI Rapid Response project focuses on how museums can contribute to community resilience and wellbeing in a time of crisis.
Inclusive Creativity aims to level the playing field in performance and composition for disabled musicians by developing new technologies and methodologies for their use.