School of English and Drama

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

Option Modules

You choose three modules from a list of options that changes from year to year. We hope to offer the following modules. However, if members of our specialist research staff win research funding it will mean that their module won’t run, so for that reason this list is indicative only.  

  • Independent Practical Project
  • Performance Lab
  • Performing Mental Health
  • Theatre and Performance Theory

• One option module can be from another MA programme (subject to approval). Options may include, but are not limited to:
o Contemporary Studio Production (Computer Science)
o Design for Human Interaction (Computer Science)
o Interactive Digital Multimedia Techniques (Computer Science)
o Cities, Empire, Modernity (Geography)
o Art, Performance and the City (Geography)
o Globalisation and Development in Practice (Geography)
o Other suitable modules can be found by consulting the websites for the MA in English Studies and MA in Film Studies.


67% coursework, 33% dissertation.

Students are assessed in formats appropriate to the material studied. Modules are assessed either by a 4000-word essay or a combination of written essay, presentation and short exercises, or the equivalent (modules run by other Schools may have different assessment requirements).

Assessment tasks may include: essays, book/literature reviews, performances, performance documentation, funding applications, lecture/demonstrations.

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