Live Art

MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


MA Live Art

MA Live Art is the first master’s programme of its kind, and will support research and practice in performance art and site-specific, intimate and durational performance, as well as other forms of experimental practice.

The course is led by research leaders, industry professionals, and high-profile practising artists and is part of an exciting partnership of the Drama Department at QMUL with Live Art Development Agency (LADA), a centre for Live Art advocacy, preservation and programming.

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Students follow a prescribed sequence of four assessed modules and one non-assessed module (120 credits at Level 7), followed by a dissertation (60 credits).

The assessed modules include a mix of seminars and practice-based modules.

Semester 1

  • “Live Art Histories” (30 credits)
  • “Performance Lab” (30 credits)


Semester 2

  • “Disciplines of Live Art” (30 credits)


Choose one 30 credit practical module:

  • “Independent Practical Project” (30 credits)


  • B. “Cultural Industries” (30 credits)


“Research Design” (0 credits)


Exam Term-Semester 3/Summer:

Choose one 60-credit project:

A. “Dissertation” (60 credits)


B. "Practice-based Dissertation" (60 credits)

Entry requirements

A strong 2.1 (or international equivalent) undergraduate or postgraduate degree in drama, art history, fine art or other relevant field.

In special cases, professional or artistic experience can be considered as equivalent qualification.

IELTS Overall Score of 7.0 or above, with at least 6.5 in the written component.

TOEFL Overall Score of 100 or above.

Learning and teaching


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150
Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350
Part time £8,175


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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