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MA Theatre and Performance


Course Description

This innovative programme reflects the Department of Drama's commitment to socially engaged and critically inventive inquiries into theatre and performance. You will have the opportunity to analyse and create theatre and performance in relation to a wide variety of contexts and critical, cultural and historical perspectives.

Flexibility is key to this programme: within a framework of informed and structured experimentation, you can develop projects for individual modules to advance your own investigations. The programme aims to equip graduates for research degrees in theatre and performance and to enhance graduates' career opportunities and professional development in teaching and a wide range of creative practices. In addition to contact hours with academic staff in the Department of Drama, students attend lectures, workshops and mentoring sessions with a range of high-profile artists.

Programme outline

Students take four assessed modules, two nonassessed research training modules and write a dissertation.

Compulsory modules:

Theatre and Performance Theory
An examination of theoretical texts and ideas that have shaped contemporary understanding of performance, theatre and culture.

Performance Research
A consideration of critical writings, theoretical frameworks and research methodologies.

Historiography and Archives
An analysis of theoretical and practical issues surrounding historical research in theatre and performance studies.

Optional modules
Students choose three of the following:

Performance Lab
Students co-devise and perform a group project as a means of addressing research questions through practice.

Independent Practical Project
Students devise independent practical projects, with the support of a mentor, that focus on an area of performance practice such as playwriting, applied drama, directing, dramaturgy, acting, new technologies, sitespecific performance and live art.

Independent Written Project
Students design and produce an independent written project under the supervision of a member of staff on a topic not provided within existing modules.

Contemporary Theatre and Performance
An examination of trends in recent theatre and performance and its analysis, especially in relation to what they articulate about contemporary culture and aesthetic, political, social and emotional value.

Early Modern Drama in Performance
This module explores ways in which performance produces meaning in the early modern drama - in its early production, its performance history and in recent performance.

Cultural Industries
This module facilitates a placement with an appropriate industry partner. Students develop industry-based projects to complete within the context of the industry partner's work.

Students may substitute a maximum of 30 credits from another of the School's MA programmes (subject to the approval of the MA Convenor).

Dissertation
Following the completion of the taught modules, students pursue an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 12,000-15,000 words.

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

Videos
(Student Profile)

Lewis Alexander Church

1011.jpg “Having completed my BA at Queen Mary, I was
aware of the fantastic opportunities offered by the
Department of Drama, in terms of working with
staff and visiting artists, and excellent
postgraduate student resources.

“Overall Queen Mary has a fantastic attitude to
research and performance practice. Department
staff are willing to support and develop original
ideas and interests, rather than limiting students
to pre-set areas of investigation. They are always
approachable and eager to offer help with any
aspect of research. They are also brilliant when
it comes to organising contact with artists and
organisations, and I have been able to work
closely with several artists in a way that I do not
believe would have been possible at any other
institution.

“The facilities at Queen Mary are exceptionally
well equipped. In the last few years the library
has expanded to include a massive amount of
resources, particularly in theatre and performance,
and the University has strong connections with
various arts organisations that compliment the
materials available on campus.

“East London is a great area to live in, with local
pubs, restaurants and clubs, and easy transport
links to central London. Culturally, there is a
massive artistic community, which means that
there are constantly opportunities arising to
perform, see new work or meet artists and arts
professionals. Queen Mary itself hosts many
different events, and there is almost always
something interesting going on somewhere!”


(Scholarship)

QMUL School of English and Drama International Scholarships - Single Award

The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is offering one scholarship for Overseas students which provides 50% tuition fee discount.The scholarship is available for full-time students applying to MA English Studies, MA Poetry, and MA Theatre and Performance.For further details, please refer to the website

Value of Scholarship(s)

£7425

Eligibility

- You must have applied to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance, MA in Poetry, or our MA in English Studies (any of the pathways). Scholarships are not available for part-time study.
In order to receive the award:
- You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
- You must meet the conditions of your offer.
- You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.
For full details, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please refer to the website

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


(Scholarship)

QMUL School of English and Drama Home Scholarships - Single Award

The School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London is pleased to offer one scholarship for Home students applying to MA English Studies (any pathway), MA Poetry, or MA Theatre and Performance. The scholarship provides 50% tuition fee discount.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4100

Eligibility

In order to apply:
- You must have applied to study full-time on our MA in Theatre and Performance or our MA in English Studies (any of the seven pathways). Scholarships are not available for part-time study.
In order to receive the award:
- You should have an excellent academic track-record. We would usually expect you to achieve, or be expected to achieve, the equivalent of a British 1st Class Honours Degree.
- You must meet the conditions of your offer.
- You must not be in receipt of any other QMUL scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Please visit the website for application information

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/index.html


(Scholarship)

QMUL-Chevening Partner Awards - Single Award

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!The School of English and Drama at QMUL is pleased to offer one QMUL-Chevening Partner Award across all its Masters programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.In order to be considered for a QMUL-Chevening Partner Award, candidates are encouraged to place QMUL as their first choice university.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181259.html


(Scholarship)

QMUL-Chevening Scholarships - 20+ Awards

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) works closely with the Chevening - the UK government’s international scheme aimed at developing global leaders - to provide a large number of full scholarships for study on our one-year Masters courses.Every year QMUL hosts a large cohort of the 1500 Chevening Scholars who come to study at universities all over the UK. In 2016-17 we have a record of 87 scholars joining QMUL from countries across the globe!Chevening Scholarships are available for students from all nationalities.All Chevening awards cover full overseas tuition fees, as well as providing a stipend for living costs, air-fares, and a variety of other expenses.Chevening Scholars also benefit from a year-long programme of events helping you experience the best of British culture and to make the most of your time in the UK.A large number of QMUL-Chevening Scholarships will be available across all one-year QMUL masters courses.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Chevening Award you must:
- Be a citizen of a Chevening-eligible country
- Return to your country of citizenship for a minimum of two years after your award has ended
- Have an undergraduate degree that will enable you to gain entry to a postgraduate programme at a UK university. This is typically equivalent to an upper second-class 2:1 honours degree in the UK.
- Have at least two years’ work experience
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

Applications for all scholarships must be made directly to the Chevening: full details on how to apply are available on the Chevening’s webpages.The deadline for applications is Tuesday 8 November 12:00 GMT.Candidates should also apply for their chosen Masters programme at QMUL through our online portal in the normal way.Candidates are encouraged to QMUL as early as possible to ensure that their application can be processed in a time to meet the Chevening’s deadline for the confirmation of their unconditional university offer in July 2017.

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181259.html


(Scholarship)

QMUL Commonwealth Scholarships - 20+ Awards

QMUL is proud to be working in partnership with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC) in the UK to offer a wide range of scholarships for postgraduate study at Master’s and PhD level.In 2017-18 we will be hosting an unprecedented number of Commonwealth Scholars from across the globe.Commonwealth Scholarships at QMUL typically cover full overseas tuition fees, living costs, airfares, and a variety of other expenses. Scholars from developing Commonwealth countries are eligible to apply for these awards.You can apply for a Commonwealth Scholarship for Master’s (one-year courses only). All subject areas are eligible, although the CSC’s selection criteria give priority to applications that demonstrate the strongest relevance to development.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

To apply for these scholarships, you must:
- Be a Commonwealth citizen, refugee, or British protected person
- Be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country
- By October 2017, hold a first degree of at least upper second class (2:1) honours standard, or a second class degree and a relevant postgraduate qualification (usually a Master’s degree)
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

All candidates should apply to QMUL online following our normal application procedures (please be aware that candidates applying for a Commonwealth Scholarship may have an earlier application deadline than normal) and will also need to make an application directly to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.Application deadline: 15 November 2016

Further Information

http://www.qmul.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/funding_masters/scholarships/181480.html


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QMUL HESPAL Scholarships - Single Award

HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities and to develop renewed, sustainable links between Palestinian and UK universities.The Scheme will upgrade junior academic staff in Palestinian universities through a Masters Scholarship programme.The scholarship applies to a range of subject areas including:Business, Economics and Finance; Educational Management; Political Sciences and International Relations; Human Rights and Governance; Agriculture; Engineering; Law, Management; Environmental Studies; Water management, Nursing, TSOL, Human Resourses, Economics, Literature, Linguistics, IT, Science programmes, Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Conservation Strategies, MA Energy Management, Energy Conservation, Sustainable Energy, ICT, nanotechnologies and energy. The scholarship covers the following:- tuition fees
- pre-departure briefing from the British Council
- arrival allowances
- thesis allowances
- a monthly allowance to cover living expenses.Scholarship does not cover the costs for accompanying family, visa fees, IELTS cost, and Airfare ticket to from the UK.Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is pleased to offer one scholarship for eligible students for 2017 entry.

Value of Scholarship(s)

30000

Eligibility

- Applicant must be a resident citizen of Palestinian Territories.
- Applicant must be currently employed by the Palestinian university which nominates her/him, which must be one of the participating Palestinian universities.
- Applicant will have a Masters degree from a Palestinian university with a minimum grade of very good (and equivalent to at least a 3.0 Bachelor’s Degree from UK).
- Applicant must sign a written undertaking to return to Palestinian university within a time frame agreed with their university, normally one year.
- Applicant must have IELTS certification appropriate for course and university (normally at least 6.5, sometimes higher).
For full eligibility criteria, please visit the website

Application Procedure

The completed application forms and all other documentation must be submitted in hard copies to your university scholarship coordination office by 23 January 2017Please visit the website for full information

Further Information

http://www.britishcouncil.ps/en/study-uk/scholarships/hespal



Entry Requirements

Normally, a first or upper second class honours degree (or the equivalent) in a relevant field. Where a North American marking scheme is used, applicants should normally have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.3. Promising applicants who do not meet the formal academic criteria but who possess relevant credentials and who can demonstrate their potential to produce written work at masters level will also be considered. As part of the admissions process, we may call for examples or written and artistic work and/or interview candidates.

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