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Full time | Mile End | 1 year | 26-SEP-22

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Theatre & Dramatic Arts

Course type


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


This module explores approaches to making performance which centre the politics of the body. Through weekly workshops, you will be introduced to a range of performance-making techniques, and will be encouraged to devise your own methodologies for creating performance. The module will draw on methodologies from live art and experimental performance, using improvisation, action and task-based performance, autobiographical approaches, and score making to develop creative and critical strategies for exploring bodies, identity, and politics. The module will ask what our bodies in performance are capable of saying and doing, and how we might use them to intervene into discourses on identity and politics.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:1 or above at undergraduate level in a relevant subject.