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Theatre and Performance MA

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Degree awarded
Master of Arts
12 months full-time, 24 months part-time
Entry requirements
Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please visit our  How to Apply  page.  

If you wish to transfer credits onto one of our master's programmes, please download the guidance  here  for further information.

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

The Manchester MA in Theatre and Performance offers a diverse and flexible programme of study. It provides an opportunity to study cutting-edge and provocative areas of contemporary performance theory and practice, aspects of theatre history such as nineteenth century popular performance and theatre between the world wars, socially and politically engaged theatre and activist performance. The MA integrates theory and practice, and caters for students wishing to enhance their artistic and professional careers as well as those preparing for doctoral study. For experienced, skilled practitioners, there are opportunities to focus on research through practice and explore new creative methods, areas of social engagement, professional contexts, performance techniques. For students wishing to prepare for doctoral study, the programme enables you to combine taught options with the construction of your own study module under the careful supervision of specialist staff.

The course builds on links between the University of Manchester and professional contexts and communities in Greater Manchester and beyond. It encourages the research and practice of theatre and performance that is creative and innovative, engages in experimental approaches as well as non-traditional and/or community sites. We particularly support theatre projects that engage with issues relating to transformation, critique and social responsibility.

Open days

Our next Open Day will be on Wednesday 18 March 2015 as part of a University-wide postgraduate event. Further details can be found  here .


For entry in 2012, the fees were £5,000 (£2,500 for part-time) per annum for home/EU students and £12,300 for international students. These figures will be subject to change for entry in 2013.

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The School also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

Please see the  School website  for further details. 

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+ 44 (0) 161 306 1259
+ 44 (0) 161 275 3098
Academic department overview

See: About us

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