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Theatre & Performance MRes


Course Description

This research-based masters programme supports the planning and completion of an independent project in the field of theatre and performance. It aims to develop skills and understandings necessary to pursue a career in performance research and/or to prepare you for an MPhil/PhD.

This MRes programme provides an exciting opportunity for textual, theoretical and (if appropriate and feasible) creative/practical study. It also provides high-quality preparation for doctoral research, including practice-asresearch, through a focussed and manageable project that you define.

The programme includes:
• the theoretical and conceptual location of a specific project within the inter-disciplinary field of theatre and performance
• a theoretical and conceptual grounding in approaches to postgraduate research in the arts and humanities in general
• practical training in appropriate research skills (eg in the definition of a project and appropriate methodologies; the identification and analysis of textual, visual and oral sources; the application of new technologies; the location of research material in relevant libraries and archives; ways of designing a project methodology, etc)

You can expect to receive a grounding in the current debates about approaches to, and theories, skills and methodologies for performance research. Your thesis may be assessed entirely through written work or through written work and a substantial practical project that addresses particular research questions. Recent topics include: actor training techniques; one-to-one performance; direct address in the theatre; activism and intermediality; and performance and theholocaust.

Programme content
All students complete the following modules in either 12 months (full time) or 24 months (part time):
■ Researching performance
■ Research in the arts and humanities
■ Masters thesis in the Faculty of Arts (leading to either a practice-led or written text-onlysubmission)

Students attend individual tutorials with their supervisors as well as regular research seminar presentations with theatre and performance staff and other postgraduate students.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally a 2:1 or above honours degree in a relevant subject (Theatre and Performance, Drama, Live or Fine Art, Performance Writing). Evidence that you are ready to pursue the project you propose in your application. IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent.

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