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Global Performance and Cultural Industries MA

University of Leeds

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    University of Leeds

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    12 months

Course summary


This postgraduate degree explores the key disciplines of performance and cultural industries in a global context.

You’ll examine live and digital performing arts that are produced with international audiences in mind.

Throughout this Masters course you’ll develop a critical understanding of what performance is, and how it is produced and consumed locally and globally within a variety of social, political and economic settings.

You’ll apply your learning through lectures, seminars and field trips. This course will equip you with the skills to build your global career networks, you’ll have the opportunity to visit a variety of cultural organisations, and gain valuable insight into the cultural industries from guest lecturers and industry experts.

This Masters course is taught by the School of Performance and Cultural Industries which is based in stage@leeds, a publicly licensed theatre at the heart of the University campus. You’ll also have the opportunity to observe the process of performance making, as well as to gain practical experience through optional modules and work experience.

You’ll also benefit from our partnerships with a number of major cultural industries organisations in the city, including Opera North, Leeds Playhouse and Leeds Digital Festival.

Learning and teaching

You’ll benefit from a variety of teaching methods, including practical workshops, group learning, lectures, seminars, tutorials and fieldwork. You'll also undertake significant independent study, which will help you to develop your research skills and build up what you learn in the taught components.

On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.


You’ll be assessed using a range of methods including small group presentations, reports, academic essays and extended individual research projects, or negotiated creative projects.

Career opportunities

This degree will open up a broad range of career opportunities within and around the cultural and creative industries. You’ll gain in-depth knowledge of theatre and performance in a global context allowing you to pursue an international career.

Careers may include an artistic practitioner, producer, administrator, theatre manager, policy maker, educator among others.

Graduates from similar courses have continued with their research and progressed to PhD study.

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 20,250per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Leeds

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  • Campus address

    University of Leeds, Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, England

A global community, the university’s staff and students come from over 170 countries. There will be chances to meet and work with people from across the world.
The university is continually investing in its campus, from new laboratories and lecture theatres to one of the most impressive libraries in the UK.
With a history of welcoming international students for over 100 years, students can be sure of experienced help throughout their time at Leeds.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 102

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    149 75%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    65 65%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.90 78%



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