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Theatre & Performance Studies MSc

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MSc Theatre and Performance Studies - 1 Year (Full-time)
MSc Theatre and Performance Studies - 2 Years (Part-time)

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Contact information
Graduate School Administrator
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4114
Dr Olga Taxidou (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 3030
Address: Graduate School
School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
Room 1.13, 50 George Square
Central Campus

An ideal environment for the study of theatre, Edinburgh brings the performing arts alive through its many theatres, performing companies and, of course, the famous Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

This programme draws on this inspiration, as well as the research and practical expertise of our exceptional body of staff, which ranges across a broad sweep of cultures and historical periods.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 degree, or its international equivalent, in an appropriate subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the application form, you should include a sample of written work of about 3,000 words. This can be a previous piece of work from an undergraduate degree.

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Programme description

You will be introduced to dramatic and theoretical material from different periods and cultures, and explore the differing conceptions of the roles and perceived dangers of dramatic representation and performance in those cultural contexts.

Supporting your studies will be the resources of our newly created Centre for Film, Performance and Media Arts, as well as professional placement opportunities with local companies and theatres.

Programme structure

In each of the two semesters you will take two courses, one compulsory and one chosen from a wide range of options, plus research skills courses. You will then work towards an individually researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • The Autonomy of Performance: Concepts and Craft
  • Theatre, Performance, Performativity

Option courses may include:

  • Time and Space of Performance
  • Cinema Auteurs
  • Constructing Reality
  • Russian Theatre
  • Film and the Other Arts
  • The Golden Age of French Theatre
  • The Society of the Spectacle
  • Theatre and Society
  • Traditional Scottish Drama

Work placement/internship opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take internships with theatre institutions across the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and to work with performing artists-in-residence, who will offer workshops in each semester. You will also be encouraged to attend theatre productions in Edinburgh.

Career opportunities

During this programme, you may identify a topic which you would like to progress to a research degree, and potentially a career in academia. Alternatively, the skills you gain and the networks you develop during any professional placement you undertake will equip you to enter the thriving world of the arts as a practitioner or administrator.

You will also gain many highly transferable skills in communication, project management and research that will benefit you in any career you choose.

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