Postgraduate study

Theatre and Performance Studies MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time, Part-time

Funding opportunities


Programme website: Theatre and Performance Studies

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.

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 possible professional placement opportunities with local companies and theatres.

You will take three compulsory courses, as well as one option course and two research skills courses. You will then work towards an individually researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

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

Option courses may include:

  • Cinema Auteurs 2
  • Professional Placements in Theatre and Performance Studies (with approval)
  • Film Adaptation
  • Shakespearean Sexualities
  • Shakespeare Adapted

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScTheatre and Performance Studies1 YearFull-timeProgramme structure 2019/20
MScTheatre and Performance Studies2 YearsPart-timeProgramme structure 2019/20

You may have the opportunity to take approved 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.

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 may 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.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 23 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 61 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScTheatre and Performance Studies1 YearFull-timeTuition fees
MScTheatre and Performance Studies2 YearsPart-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Programme Director, Dr Séverine Genieys-Kirk
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1734
  • Contact:
  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH
Programme start date Application deadline
14 September 2020 31 July 2020

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.

You must submit one reference with your application.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Programme Director, Dr Séverine Genieys-Kirk
  • Phone: +44 (0)131 651 1734
  • Contact:
  • Graduate School
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • Room 1.13, 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9LH