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MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music)

MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music)

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Full time | Lincoln (Main Site) | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MRes - Master of Research

Subject areas

Drama Studies Performing Arts (General) Dance Music Performance / Playing

Course type


Course Summary

The MRes Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music) aims to provide a recognised research award in preparation for PhD study in associated areas. This course is designed for arts practitioners and scholars to work alongside the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) project 'Mobile Arts for Peace': Informing the National Curriculum and Youth Policy for Peacebuilding in Kyrgyzstan, Rwanda, Indonesia and Nepal'. Further details about this project can be found further down this page.

This course is an ideal starting point towards further research in to the performing arts. It aims to provide the critical and methodological tools necessary for scholarly research, while enabling focused study in a chosen performing arts discipline and engagement with different perspectives on performance.

You will benefit from having the option to select modules that cater for your particular area of interest and support further independent study.

Students on this Master's programme can benefit from the resources of Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, studios, gallery, and a vibrant artistic community.

How You Study

Students can work alongside colleagues in performing arts, whose disciplinary backgrounds vary in drama, dance, music, or similar fields. This provides an opportunity to engage with people who have similar but subtly different perspectives on performance, and can therefore introduce associated discipline areas in the performing arts.

Taught modules are offered through seminars, and include tutor-delivered content followed by discussion, workshop activity, and exercises.

How You Are Assessed

A range of assessment modes are utilised, each of which aim to equip students with an appropriate skill or skills for ongoing research work. These may include essays, oral presentations, viva voces, and project plans.

Career and Personal Development

This Master's course offers the opportunity for further research in the performing arts. Graduates may use this course as a platform for further study, progression to doctoral study, or for a career in research and academia.


This module provides students with a range of research methods and skills necessary for the undertaking of scholarly research in the performing arts, including practice as research in performance, practice-based research in Drama, Dance, Music or a combination thereof, and more traditional research methods common to the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. A series of tutor-led seminars, presentations, practice-based surgeries and tutorials will allow students to examine and explore the varied and multiple methods involved in researching in the performing arts. Students will be introduced to a variety of research material and resources, including archives, libraries, online resources, and ephemera. Exercises will allow students to rehearse different modes of research such as archival exploration, ethnographic interviews, discourse analysis, and online research. Within this model, students will be able to focus on approaches related to their discipline. Full use will be made of the facilities and resources within the school, including its fully-equipped specialist performance theatre and its rehearsal studios ideal for exploring practice as research in performance; its specialist dance studios ideal for movement-based practice and examining choreography; and its extensive music archive, part of Lincoln Cathedral archive, ideal for advancing skills in musicological research. The module will provide a strong foundation from which to develop a career as a researcher, and by extending the knowledge practices of approaches and methodologies of enquiry, it will equip students with the transferable skills to be able to work in a variety of industries.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a first or upper second class honours degree.