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Programme of Study

MA Performance, Visiting Hour by Gemma Slade (2009) 

Photograph © Manuel Vason

On the MA in Theatre and Performance, you will take four assessed modules and two non-assessed research training modules, before proceeding to complete the dissertation.

Compulsory Modules

All students take:

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • Performance Research [non-assessed]
  • Dissertation Preparation [non-assessed]
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules

Students pick three options from the following:



67% coursework, 33% dissertation.

Students are assessed in formats appropriate to the material studied and each module is assessed by a 4000-word essay or equivalent (modules run by other departments may have different assessment requirements).

Assessment tasks may include: essays, book/literature reviews, performances, performance documentation, funding applications, lecture/demonstrations. In Performance Research and Historiography and Archives students complete non-assessed developmental tasks. 

Students write a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.

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