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MA Theatre and Performance

Course Description

***Thanks you for your interest in this programme - unfortunately, it has been suspended for the current academic year. Please check back in September for details of the revised programme, or follow the link through to the University of Surrey website to contact the school/department directly for more information. If you are a current University of Surrey student, please contact your Programme Director or Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for further information.***

Examine exciting changes in the professional realms of theatre, dance-theatre and performance studies, such as new forms of innovative and experimental performance, and new developments in cross-disciplinary study.


The MA Theatre and Performance programme is an exciting new addition to the postgraduate portfolio at the University of Surrey.

This new Masters programme emphasises collaboration, cross-disciplinary research and practical experimentation to offer a dynamic environment for study and practice.

Visit the website http://www.surrey.ac.uk/postgraduate/theatre-performance


You will undertake some of your study alongside students following the MA Creative Practices & Direction and MA Dance programmes, addressing issues and practices that are relevant in a wider performing arts context.

You will benefit from interaction with peers on these programmes where appropriate, developing your own specialist study in connection with broader contexts and alongside a wider group of scholars and practitioners, where relevant.

This provides a dynamic environment in which to make contacts, meet potential collaborators and develop partnerships, although the main focus will be on the advancement of your own area of study.

Modules will reflect distinct changes in theatre (for instance in relation to hybrid practices, the impact of digital technologies on contemporary performance-making, scholarship in phenomenology, and performance philosophy).

The blending of conservatoire and academic expertise in our teaching is particularly distinctive, especially alongside current programmes in the School of Arts that also place an emphasis on high-level performance, experimental practice, and cutting-edge research and scholarship in performance studies.

The programme will give you a platform from which to embark on an academic career path and/or to enter a performance career in theatre; it is especially designed for recent graduates and early career theatre and performance artists with a particular interest in collaborative and devised theatre, solo and autobiographical performance as well as performance writing and research-led performance practice.

The programme draws inspiration and techniques directly from cutting-edge and defining contemporary theatre-makers and ensembles such as Improbable, Forced Entertainment, Shunt, Lone Twin, Chris Goode or Goat Island.

The pedagogic curriculum is strengthened by an accompanying programme of research events, talks, performances and intensive workshop led by the MA programme’s Associate Artist and other key theatre makers.

Previous artists who have taught at the School of Arts in the recent years include Karen Christopher, Lucy McCornick (getinthebackofthevan), Tassos Stevens (Coney), Nick Powell (National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, Cheek by Jowl), Tender Buttons and Lone Twin.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.surrey.ac.uk/apply/postgraduate

Visit the MA Theatre and Performance page on the University of Surrey website for more details!

Student Profiles

Discounts for Surrey graduates - No. of awards TBC

If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford, you could be eligible for a ten per cent discount on our taught postgraduate Masters programme fees. This scheme is for applicable to Postgraduate Taught entry students only and is reviewed annually.Students who graduated in 2013 are eligible, as well as alumni from previous years, on receipt of evidence of the award from Surrey and where we can identify that you actually studied in Guildford. Students from SII-DUFE are eligible for this scheme.Associated Institution students are not eligible. Not available to modular self-pacing students.

Value of Scholarship(s)

10% tuition fee discount


If you are a self-funded UK, EU or international student who has studied for an undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey campus in Guildford

Application Procedure

If you have any enquiries regarding this matter please contact the Student Fees and Funding Office on [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Bachelors degree (first or 2.1) in a relevant field, as well as previous engagement with drama, theatre and performance. Applicants without a Bachelors degree who can demonstrate relevant experience at the appropriate standard may also be considered. Suitable applicants may be called to interview and participate in a collaborative activity appropriate to their discipline. Overseas candidates will in most cases be assessed remotely and through evidence of the ability to work collaboratively.

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