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Course options

  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Strand Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    JAN, SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Our MA offers students an unrivalled opportunity to engage in a year-long course of study and research with leading experts in critical and historical studies of theatre and performance in a vibrantly interdisciplinary environment in the heart of London. From queer performance and protest politics to cultural studies of science, discipline and decolonisation, to institutional critique, everyday performance and critical spectatorship, as well as performance writing, practice-based performance lab work, and more, students will have the opportunity to tailor their interests to a vast network of scholars and practitioners working at King’s and at neighbouring arts and performance institutions in London and beyond. A final independent research project offers students the opportunity to hone their critical writing skills and to develop a portfolio of practice and research interests. Ideal for students who have recently completed a BA in Theatre, Performance Studies, Comparative Literature, English or related fields, and/or spent time engaging in critical performance practice or work in related industries (museums, festival planning, etc.). Leads to careers in the cultural, performance and arts sectors, including museum, curatorial, archival and production work, journalism, dramaturgy, and arts management, as well as to work in the broader editorial and communications industries, and to academic and non-academic research, teaching, and more.

Course detail

Our course offers you the opportunity to study in a dynamic research environment in the heart of London. Our required modules will provide you with a deep understanding and critical awareness of current problems and new insights in the field, and the ability to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship. They will also give you the skills needed to undertake advanced research and scholarship in the field and enable you to evaluate and critique various methodological approaches to practice-based and scholarly research. Our optional modules will allow you the freedom to explore your personal interests further. Finally, your 15,000-word dissertation, supervised by an academic member of staff, will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to undertake advanced research in the field in an area of your choice.

Teaching and assessment

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment. Your performance will be assessed through a combination of coursework (essays) and written/practical projects. Forms of assessment typically include critical and research essays, and may include options in performance writing, reviews, performance work, as well as short responses and an annotated bibliography in preparation for the final dissertation. Coursework (including optional practical components) contributes 100% of your final mark.

Career prospects

Our graduates take the skills that they develop through our course to work in the arts and other related industries, including museum, curatorial, and archival work, production, dramaturgy, journalism, performance and theatre and performance-related arts management and administration. Others choose to continue their research in the field further at doctoral level.

Application deadline

27 August 2021

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 23,460per year

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

University information

King's College London, University of London

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  • Campus address

    King's College London, University of London, Strand, Westminster, WC2R 2LS, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    9th out of 103

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196

  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.97 79%


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