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The programme is interdisciplinary in its scope, and provides students with a range of opportunities to analyse and create theatre and performance in relation to a wide variety of critical contexts and cultural and historical perspectives.

You will benefit from our expertise in five main strands in theatre and performance: cultural politics; transnational practice; experimental practice; applied practice; and cultural industries. A key benefit of the programme is its flexibility: within a framework of informed and structured experimentation, you can develop theoretical and practical projects to advance your own investigations.

The programme will:

  • Offer you a range of potential career outcomes. You will be given a solid grounding for further study in theatre and performance, while you will also have the opportunity to undertake work placements in the cultural industries
  • Allow you to develop both theoretical and practical projects to advance your own research or career agendas


The MA in Theatre and Performance is currently available for one year full-time study, or two years part-time study.

Students take four assessed modules and two non-assessed research training modules before proceeding to the 12,000-15,000-word dissertation.

Part-time study options often mean that the number of modules taken is reduced per semester, with the full modules required to complete the programme spread over two academic years. Teaching is generally done during the day and part-time students should contact the course convenor to get an idea of when these teaching hours are likely to take place. Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required.

Core Modules:

  • Contemporary Theatre and Performance
  • Dissertation Preparation (unassessed)
  • Performance Research (unassessed)

Optional modules include:

Students select three options from the following:

  • Theatre and Performance Theory
  • Cultural Industries
  • Performance Lab
  • Early Modern Drama in Performance
  • Performing Mental Health
  • Independent Written Project
  • Independent Practical Project

Students are also encouraged to take modules from other MA programmes throughout Queen Mary. Modules offered by English, Geography, and Computer Science can all serve to further students' research interests.

For more information

Visit the website English and Drama website.

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of workshops and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations, group exercise and role-play as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students.


Seminar modules are assessed via 4,000-word essays or equivalent; studio modules are assessed via a combination of practical work and documentation.


You will also be assessed on a supervised 12,000-15,000-word dissertation. Recent dissertation subjects include:

  • Studies of illness and performance
  • Performance and second language acquisition
  • The performance of rural spaces and identities
  • Contemporary performance and relational aesthetics
  • Circus performance in Victorian Britain
  • Cultural value and performance
  • Performance and social conflict


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £9,150

Part time £4,575

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Full time £16,350

Part time £8,175


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Graduate employment

Drama at Queen Mary aims to train scholar-artists who can pursue careers in academia, in the cultural and creative industries, or in a range of other professions.

The range of skills gained through our programmes, coupled with networking opportunities, work placements, and extracurricular activities, has allowed recent graduates to move into a variety of careers including:

  • Head of Learning and Development, Candoco Theatre Company
  • Information Assistant/Producer, Nightingale Theatre
  • Arts Administrator, Arts Admin
  • Arts Journalist, KPFK Radio, California
  • Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies, King¿s College London
  • Project Manager, People¿s Palace Projects, QMUL
  • Senior Lecturer, University of Chichester
  • Theatre Company Co-Founder, Figs in Wigs
  • Freelance Performance Artist

Network and placement

Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to establish formal and informal relationships with a diverse array of artists, companies, charities, industry professionals, and academics. Some of our graduates go on to pursue careers with organisations that they first encountered while at Queen Mary.

Our MA in Theatre and Performance offers you the chance to undertake a voluntary work placement to learn about the cultural industries. In recent years, our students have undertaken placements with: Phakama, a youth arts organisation; LADA, the Live Art Development Agency, based in Hackney Wick; the Huguenots of Spitalfields Festival; Headlong, an independent touring company; Magic Me, an intergenerational arts organisation in Tower Hamlets; and Tender, an arts organisation that uses theatre and performance to engage young people in violence prevention.

Visit the MA Theatre and Performance page on the Queen Mary University of London website for more details!





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