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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Mile End

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our MA Theatre and Performance is a highly respected postgraduate programme that challenges you to think about the possibilities of performance and to explore your own theatrical language. You will join the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, which has one of the most active and successful research cultures in the country and home to major research projects and collaborations.

  • Work with a world leading team of academics and theatre practitioners
  • Study subjects such as acting and embodiment, postdramatic theatre, art as activism and cultural politics
  • Undertake practice-based research in theatre and performance

What you'll study

Our Theatre and Performance MA programme encourages you to explore your own ideas in depth and build a body of original, thought-provoking work. A key benefit of the programme is its flexibility: across compulsory and optional modules, you can develop your interests in both theoretical and practical projects to advance your career.

We balance rigorous theoretical and historical exploration with experimental performance practice. You will work with our internationally respected academic staff and attend lectures, workshops, and mentoring sessions with visiting artists throughout your studies, building your professional network in the process. In recent years our MA has hosted a wide range of high-profile artists, including Stacy Makishi, Peggy Shaw and Manuel Vason among others.

You will also see the latest in contemporary theatre, from warehouse raves to productions at international institutions like the Old Vic.

If you want to develop your experience in the cultural industries, the Department can offer you a placement at one of our partner organisations.

You will be an important part of academic life in the Department: our postgraduate students work directly benefits from, and contributes to, our world-class scholarly and artistic reputation.

Career paths

We train scholar-artists who can pursue a wide range of careers: we prepare you for research degrees in theatre and performance, help you to develop your own work as an artist or prepare you for a role in the cultural and creative industries, or in a range of other creative professions.

Past students have gone on to roles such as digital marketing officer, freelance director’s assistant and associate lecturer.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work at companies such as:

  • Live Art Development Agency
  • London Metropolitan University
  • The National Student Drama Festival
  • Slaughter and May
  • The Sugarman Group

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 19,250per year

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

University information

Queen Mary University of London

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  • Campus address

    Queen Mary University of London, Admissions and Recruitment Office, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4NS, England

Queen Mary students enjoy the security and friendliness of campus in a famous city, with guaranteed accommodation for all first-year undergraduates in Year 1.
Queen Mary is a truly global university. It has students and staff from over 160 countries, and has sites in London, China, Malta and Paris.
Research at Queen Mary is world-leading across disciplines, with academics making a major impact across all subject areas.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    12th out of 103 11

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    141 74%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    72 72%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.82 76%



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