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The course offers students the opportunity to study theatre and performance studies in a dynamic research environment in the heart of London. From avant-garde drama to political action, queer performance, live art, dance, cultural tourism, and the spectacles of the West End, you will be introduced to a range of theatre and performance theories and practices.
Ideal for students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in Theatre, English or related fields, or spent time engaging in performance practice or work in related industries.
Unrivalled location at the heart of London allows regular access to a wide range of theatre and performance events, including performances, seminars, and research centres.
Dynamic intellectual community offered by King’s College London and surrounding institutions, supplemented by regular invited artist and academic speakers or artist residents.
Core modules providing a strong foundation in theatre and performance studies, plus the opportunity to create an individualised course of study through selected options.
Application status Open
Duration One year FT, two years PT, September to September
Study mode Full-time, Part-time
Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90
Course intake Approximately 8 FT, 4 PT
Course leaders Dr Lara Shalson, Programme Convenor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Course contact for further information Postgraduate Admissions Team, Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2569 fax: +44 (0) 20 7848 7200
Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form
Awarding institution King's College London
Faculty Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Department Department of English
Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.
An undergraduate honours degree with minimum 2:1 classification (or overseas equivalent - US applicants should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3), in Theatre, Performance Studies, English or related fields. Strong interest and/or engagement in performance practice an asset.
Your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Tutor, who may consult with additional staff members. You may be invited for a short 15-minute interview (in person or by telephone). We aim to process all complete applications within four to six weeks although this may take longer in February, March and over holiday periods. Applications are considered and offers made on a rolling basis, but the final deadline for applications is 15 June. Applications submitted after this deadline will be considered only if there are places available.
Applications must be made online using King's online application portal and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.
Applicants must submit:
The writing sample should consist of:
Within the online application portal, the writing sample should be added as an attachment to your personal statement.
The deadline for applications for September 2017 entry is 31st March 2017. After this date, programmes will remain open if places are available, and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full, so we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.
The programme offers students the opportunity to study theatre and performance studies in a dynamic research environment in the heart of London. From avant-garde drama to political action, queer performance, live art, dance, cultural tourism, and the spectacles of the West End, students will be introduced to a range of theatre and performance theories and practices in an expanded field.
Students will take a core module in Theatre and Performance Theory, which will provide them with systematic understanding and critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field, and the ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline. Students will also take a core module in Theatre and Performance Research Methods in the second semester, which will provide them with the research skills and techniques needed to undertake advanced research and scholarship in the field, and enable them to evaluate and critique various methodological approaches to practice-based and scholarly research.
In addition, students take two option modules. Offerings in Theatre and Performance Studies include modules focused on current productions in London, practice-based research, histories of Live Art, and dramaturgy. Students may also choose optional modules from across the Department and Faculty in areas that intersect with theatre and performance studies.
Finally, a 15,000 word dissertation supervised by an academic member of staff will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to undertake advanced research in the field in an area of their choice. While acting as a “terminal” MA, providing excellent preparation for a range of careers in the arts and education sectors, this programme will also provide students with a robust preparation for doctoral research in theatre and performance studies.
More information can be found on the MA Theatre and Performance webpage.
Ideal for prospective students who have recently completed an undergraduate degree in Theatre, English or related fields, or spent time engaging in performance practice or work in related industries. The programme invites considered reflection on performance and performativity, emphasising close reading, research, and interdisciplinary approaches to theatre and the arts.
We will develop your skills and knowledge through lectures, seminars, optional workshops and tutorials.
We will assess your performance through coursework and presentation, including a 15,000-word dissertation.
• Theatre and Performance Theory (30 credits)
• Theatre and Performance Research Methods (20 credits)
Please note: if you are a part-time student, you will take only the above modules in your first year.
• Dissertation (90 credits)
15,000-word supervised dissertation and 4,000 word Critical Survey on a related subject. If you are a part-time student, you will write this in your second year.
You take 40 credits from a range of optional modules. If you are a part-time student, you take these modules in your second year. The list of options may include:
• Performance Lab (20 credits)
• Guided Study: Performance in London/London in Performance (20 credits)
• Performance and Live Art (20 credits)
• Special Topics in Theatre & Performance Studies: Dramaturgies (20 credits)
We regularly review the modules that we offer in order to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. The optional modules that we offer may therefore change, and we suggest that you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates. There are a limited number of spaces available on each optional module, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your choices with your personal tutor.
Our graduates take the skills that they develop through our programme to work in the arts and other related industries, including museum, curatorial, and archival work, production, dramaturgy, journalism, performance and theatre and performance-related arts management and administration. Others choose to continue their research in the field further at doctoral level.
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*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.
Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee.
When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.
The UK/EU deposit is £500.
The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.
Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.
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