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What will I learn?

Refine your existing skills and knowledge on a programme built to foster innovative, con?dent and well-prepared researchers. Bene?t from close guidance while researching 20th century or contemporary theatre, live art, and popular or interdisciplinary performance – whether through creative practice, or textual or archival study.

Graduate destinations include PhD study, professional performance/art-making, arts administration and management, research assistant, community development work and teaching in secondary and further education.

Become an independent, forward-looking, creative theatre and performance researcher, able to engage in, and respond to, the challenges of the contemporary world; Advance on a well-supported route that enables you to progress from undergraduate studies to doctoral level research in an environment that tests the boundaries, definitions and potential of performance and theatre; Acquire a sophisticated range of subject specific and transferable research skills through seminars and workshops; Focus on a specific research project in theatre and performance under the guidance of a supervisory team; Work in our dynamic, state-of-the-art performance centre, The House; Work in a department that places equal value on practice-led and traditional methods of research and their expression; Pursue a masters degree while in employment. The contact hours for the part-time ResM programme make it possible for you to work part time while you study - you don’t even need to live locally; Engage with Plymouth’s vibrant theatre and performance scene which includes Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth Fringe and the Barbican Theatre, alongside performances and events hosted by the department itself; If you are making exceptional progress, you can progress directly into our PhD programme without having to complete your masters thesis.

Which department am I in?

School of Society and Culture

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£17,170.00 (US$ 18,605) per year
Fee given is for 2022-23 entry and there may be slight increase in 2023-24 entry.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2023

Venue

Plymouth University

Drake Circus,

Plymouth,

PL4 8AA, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need a good (3.0 / 4.0 min GPA) undergraduate degree in a relevant subject from a regionally-accredited American university. Postgraduate programmes: ILETS 6.5 overall with Minimum component scores 5.5 in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing).

For international students

You’ll need a good 2:1 or first class honours degree in an area of study appropriate to your project proposal (e.g. theatre and performance, drama, dance, live or fine art, performance writing, etc.) or equivalent (for instance, you may have studied something else as an undergraduate but have established an artistic practice since then). You will also need to provide evidence that you are ready to pursue the project you propose in your application. This will take the form of a sample of critical writing, and if relevant, documentation of relevant creative or professional practice. If English is not your first language, you must have proficiency in written and spoken English (normally a minimum test score of 6.5 for IELTS, or equivalent). Given the nature of the programme, you’ll be expected to read and engage with complex theoretical texts and debates for which fluency in English is essential. The TOEFL Score would be 90 and Component scores of listening 17, reading 18, speaking 20, writing 18.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Plymouth

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  • 3-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize
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