Skip to main content

Theatre and Performance Research - MA (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2018 Entry)

The School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies has launched an exciting new MA in Theatre and Performance Research (MATPR).

In this unique programme, you will interrogate the varied meanings, methodologies and productions of research undertaken by scholars and practitioners across a range of theatre and performance areas. You will have the opportunity to analyse text, performance, and performativity through multiple current theoretical and methodological approaches that are appropriate to the discipline. The programme understands research in the broadest sense, to include experimental production, practice-based enquiry, laboratory-style research & development, conceptual modelling, critical and contextual study, archival research, and advanced theorisation drawing on theatre and performance studies along with other relevant disciplines.

The team of internationally renowned academics and specialists teaching on the MA has interests that range widely across a variety of topics. These include cities, national identity, citizenship, interculturalism, gender, trauma, popular culture, agriculture, socially-engaged creative practice and new technologies—all investigated through lenses of theatre and performance. This MA will be of interest if you are seeking to update your knowledge of contemporary thinking and practice in Theatre and Performance; refresh and develop your own theatre/performance practice; or undertake further study at the PhD level.

Core Modules:

  • Theoretical Thematics for Theatre and Performance Studies

This module will introduce you to inter/cross/transdisciplinary theoretical themes or concepts key to the fast-changing fields of Theatre and Performance Studies. In each of the three units in the module, you will explore a specific thematic through major theoretical texts from a range of disciplines.

  • Research Methods


This module is aimed to equip you with the key concepts and skills needed to plan and undertake theatre and performance research. This module will be divided into units with each unit being taught by different staff members. We will begin by outlining key issues from our discipline, the difference between quantative and qualitative research methods, and the ways that research questions affect research design. We will then move on to consider other approaches to research. 

  • Dissertation

 You will undertake supervised and theoretically-informed independent study on a selected area of Theatre and Performance Studies, leading to either a written dissertation or to a practice-based presentation supported by written analysis.

More information

Optional Modules:

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research will offer two optional modules, New Directions in Theatre and Performance Research and Research in Theatre and Performance-Making Practices, one in autumn term and one in spring term.

You may take an approved module from outside the department for one or other of these modules. These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). The availability of modules will vary depending on term and year.

More information

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

The MA involves multiple forms of assessment, both written and creative. As well as essays, solo and group presentations in class and written analysis of project and/or presentational work will provide the basis of assessment in all modules apart from TH990. TH990 requires students to complete a written dissertation or a practice-based project supported by a written report.

Graduate Destinations:

The School has a long history of placing its MA students not only in its own PhD programmes, but also in other highly esteemed programmes nationally and internationally. Some of our former MA and PhD candidates have become successful practitioners, while others have used their qualifications to secure employment in the arts and creative industries and at international universities.

Graduates destinations include:

Panel 5

Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Entry requirements

2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject

English Language requirements

Band B

Department of study

Theatre and Performance Studies

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £8,580 per year
Overseas: £19,300 per year

Home/EU: £4,290 per year
Overseas: £9,650 per year

Find out more about fees and funding.


Department website

Order a PG magazine

Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.