MA by Research in Theatre and Performance Studies (2022 Entry)
About this research graduate course
The degree of an MA by Research in Theatre and Performance studies offers you the opportunity to design a bespoke programme of original and independent research at a leading department in the discipline.
The MA by Research is designed to be flexible in terms of the topic and the assessed format you undertake. Subject to the approval of the department, your degree may culminate in a 30,000-40,000 word thesis or a combination of practice as research that may involve performance, curation, writing for performance, translation, applied theatre projects or digital outcome alongside a shorter thesis.
Supervision for MA students will be provided by academic researchers with significant experience of undertaking research across a range of topics in theatre and performance research. Your supervisor or co-supervisors will support and guide you from the application stage to the completion of your research. We supervise a wide range of students from a variety of different countries and backgrounds and welcome this diversity among our student body.
Teaching and learning
As a research student, your closest contact will be with your supervisor, or co-supervisors, who will meet with you regularly to discuss your work. The supervisory relationship is at the heart of your research. Your supervisor(s) are experts in their field who will guide you throughout your degree and will agree upon a programme of reading, research and writing with you.
You will also be allocated a mentor in the department to whom you may address matters related to your study.
Throughout your degree you will be integrated into the theatre and performance postgraduate community, have opportunities to undertake professional skills training and be encouraged to attend research events and workshops both in the department and the wider university.
General entry requirements
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject.
English language requirements
You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:
- Band B
- IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.
For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.
There are no additional entry requirements for this course.
Areas for MA supervision
Research in the department is transnational, collaborative and interdisciplinary and is focused on the following main - but overlapping - research themes:
- Ethics, Politics, Praxis
- Cities, Places, Environments (Identities)
- Memories, Histories, Futures
- Theory, Aesthetics and the Popular
- Creative Industries and the Value of Culture
Find a supervisor
Find your supervisor using the link below and discuss with them the area you'd like to research.
You should start by checking whether your proposal fits in with our areas of expertise on our research and people pages.
You can also see our general University guidance about finding a supervisor.
Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.
Taught course fees Research course fees
Fee Status Guidance
The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.
If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.
Additional course costs
Please contact your academic department for information about department specific costs, which should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:
- Core text books
- Printer credits
- Dissertation binding
- Robe hire for your degree ceremony
Scholarships and bursaries
Scholarships and financial support
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Find out more about the cost of living as a postgraduate student at the University of Warwick.
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Research course applications
Here is our checklist on how to apply for research postgraduate degrees at the University of Warwick.
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