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Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based MA by Research (through Playwriting or Performance)

University of Birmingham

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Birmingham

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21, 31-JAN-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our Drama and Theatre Studies Practice-Based programme allows academic research to be conducted through practical experimentation.

It also provides a unique opportunity for you to specialise in a particular area of practice (playwriting or performance – which includes directing) and prepares you for your chosen profession.

The Department’s diverse expertise and exceptional facilities open up a wide range of practical research opportunities, such as the investigation of the processes of theatre making or the practical application of particular aesthetic theories.

Your thesis must fully contextualise the practice and substantiate the claim that your work is innovative and demonstrates extension of the boundaries of the chosen field of research and practice. The practice-based PhD thesis is 40,000 words. The MA by Research is assessed by a shorter thesis of 20,000 words.

In addition to the thesis, the programme will be assessed by a practice-based component appropriate to the research specialism. For guidance, typical assessment methods for the practice-based component are as follows:

Playwriting strand

The practice-based component would most commonly be a playtext, with a playing time of up to 90 minutes for the MA by Research and up to three hours for the PhD, or a combination of shorter pieces of comparable length.

Performance strand

A range of possible models include:

  • Direction of a site-specific or studio-based theatre production of a maximum length of 45 minutes for the MA by Research and three hours for the PhD, or a series of shorter pieces of comparable length
  • Performance in a site-specific or studio-based theatre production of a maximum length of 45 minutes for the MA by Research and three hours for the PhD, or a series of shorter pieces of comparable length
  • A series of work-demonstrations of actor-training to a maximum length of 45 minutes for the MA by Research and three hours for the PhD

Employability

Your degree will provide excellent preparation for your future career, but this can also be enhanced by a range of employability support services offered by the University and the College of Arts and Law.

The University's Careers Network provides expert guidance and activities especially for postgraduates, which will help you achieve your career goals. The College of Arts and Law also has a dedicated careers and employability team who offer tailored advice and a programme of College-specific careers events.

You will be encouraged to make the most of your postgraduate experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive one-to-one careers advice, including guidance on your job applications, writing your CV and improving your interview technique, whether you are looking for a career inside or outside of academia
  • Meet employers face-to-face at on-campus recruitment fairs and employer presentations
  • Attend an annual programme of careers fairs, skills workshops and conferences, including bespoke events for postgraduates in the College of Arts and Law
  • Take part in a range of activities to demonstrate your knowledge and skills to potential employers and enhance your CV

Application deadline

01 July 2021

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Birmingham

  • University League Table

    13th

  • Campus address

    University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT, England

A member of the Russell Group, Birmingham is a research-intensive institution. Its world-leading academics have included 11 Nobel Prize winners.
A diverse and global community, with over 8,500 international students from approximately 150 countries.
In the glorious heart of England, Birmingham is a diverse, modern and exciting city with a long cultural and intellectual heritage.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 102 6

    2nd out of 53 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    159 83%

    11th

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76 76%

    8th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    82nd

    11
  • Entry standards

    / Max 168
    160 94%

    2nd

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    3rd

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.12 82%

    21st

    7

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