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Course content

An ideal environment for the study of theatre, Edinburgh brings the performing arts alive through its many theatres, performing companies and, of course, the famous Edinburgh International Festival and the accompanying Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

This programme draws on this inspiration, as well as the research and practical expertise of our exceptional body of staff, which ranges across a broad sweep of cultures and historical periods.

You will be introduced to dramatic and theoretical material from different periods and cultures, and explore the differing conceptions of the roles and perceived dangers of dramatic representation and performance in those cultural contexts.

Supporting your studies will be the resources of our newly created Centre for Film, Performance and Media Arts, as well as professional placement opportunities with local companies and theatres.

Programme structure

You will take three compulsory courses, as well as one option course and two research skills courses. You will then work towards an individually researched dissertation.

Compulsory courses:

  • The Autonomy of Performance: Concepts and Craft
  • Theatre, Performance, Performativity
  • Time and Space of Performance

Option courses may include:

  • Cinema Auteurs 2
  • Professional Placements in Theatre and Performance Studies
  • Film Adaptation
  • Shakespearean Sexualities
  • Shakespeare Adapted

Work placements/internships

You will have the opportunity to take internships with theatre institutions across the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and to work with performing artists-in-residence, who will offer workshops in each semester. You will also be encouraged to attend theatre productions in Edinburgh.

Career opportunities

During this programme, you may identify a topic which you would like to progress to a research degree, and potentially a career in academia. Alternatively, the skills you gain and the networks you develop during any professional placement you undertake will equip you to enter the thriving world of the arts as a practitioner or administrator.

You will also gain many highly transferable skills in communication, project management and research that will benefit you in any career you choose.

Visit the Theatre and Performance Studies (MSc) page on the University of Edinburgh website for more details!




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