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Refine your existing skills and knowledge on a programme built to foster innovative, confident and well-prepared researchers. You’ll benefit from close guidance while researching 20th century or contemporary theatre, live art, popular or interdisciplinary performance - whether through creative practice, textual or archival study. Your work will be grounded in current debates, approaches and theories, equipping you with the advanced skills and methodologies to excel in performance research.

Key features

-Become an independent, forward-looking, creative theatre and performance researcher, able to engage in, and respond to, the challenges of the contemporary world.
-Advance on a well-supported route that enables you to progress from undergraduate studies to doctoral level research in an environment that tests the boundaries, definitions and potential of performance and theatre.
-Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and transferable research skills through seminars and workshops.
-Focus on a specific research project in theatre and performance under the guidance of an individual supervisor.
-Benefit from our £7 million dynamic four-storey production house and specialist teaching and learning environment, The House.
-Work in a department that places equal value on practice-led and traditional methods of research and their expression.
-Pursue a masters degree while in employment. The contact hours for the part-time ResM programme make it possible for you to work part time while you study - you don’t even need to live locally.
-Engage with Plymouth’s vibrant theatre and performance scene alongside events arranged by the department itself. Recent visitors include Eugenio Barba, Marina Abramović, Liz Aggiss, Reckless Sleepers, Manuel Vason, Hayley Newman, Wendy Houstoun, Lone Twin and Yukio Ninagawa.

Course details

The MRes is only available to study full time over 12 months. All MRes and ResM students study the modules Researching Performance and Research in the Arts and Humanities. You’ll also attend individual tutorials with your supervisor and regular research seminars. Both programmes lead to either a written thesis or one combining critical writing with creative/professional practice. The ResM can be studied either full or part time. Having completed your taught modules in Year 1 (whether full or part time), your following year will revolve around an agreed tutorial schedule and work plan. You may attend additional training, workshops and research seminars. As a full time ResM student, you’ll submit your thesis after 18 months (part time, after 24 months) or pay a nominal sum for up to six months additional ‘writing up’ time (part time, 12 months). Your viva takes place following submission of your thesis. To discuss which route is best for you, contact Roberta Mock (programme leader).

Core modules
-MARE700 Research in the Arts and Humanities
-MAPR700 Researching Performance
-MARE701 Masters Thesis in the Humanities and/or Performing Arts

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

Visit the Theatre & Performance - MRes page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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