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MA in Theatre and Performance Research


This exciting new course replaces the School’s internationally renowned MA in International Performance Research with an MA designed to prepare candidates for further research in the discipline. It is designed to aid post-graduate students to develop research skills in both traditional ways thorugh academic writing and research methods, and performance-based approaches to research. It considers new and contemporary approaches to theatre and performance theoretically and methodologically by considering emergent theories in interculturalism, gender studies, new media, performance-making and performance-as-research. It extends beyond western approaches to theatre-making and research methodologies to include more global approaches, while at the same time critiquing the impact of globalisation on cross-cultural theatre and performance making, with a strong emphasis on creative practice.

Course duration

In 2016-17, the MA IN THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE RESEARCH (MATPR) programme will be a 12-month programme, beginning on Monday 3 October 2016 and ending on the 29 September 2017. All classes take place in the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies in Millburn House.


MATPR aims to introduce, develop and challenge assumptions about theatre and performance. We will focus on new and innovative approaches to researching theatre and performance. The MATPR programme will help you develop and enhance your theoretical knowledge about performance-related issues, adding to your already existing skills base.

The MATPR student

MATPR students should have a strong academic background, with an interest in or experience with creative practice in theatre and/or performance. As final year students of an undergraduate degree or persons already working in a performance-related profession or area this degree will further add value to your skills and critical engagement with diverse aspects of arts practice and curation. It is also aimed to expand the conceptual and research skills of those working in cultural industries, or wishing to pursue an academic career through advanced study, perhaps leading to a Ph.D. We welcome students who are about to graduate, together with others who have worked as directors, choreographers, curators, dancers, actors; or researchers from other disciplines.

International appeal

We welcome local and international students and the different cultural experiences and concepts they can contribute to the course. The School is strongly committed to an internationalist agenda and to maintaining global networks.

This unique MA, taught by a team of internationally renowned academics and specialists, will focus on current theoretical and methodological approaches to both textual studies and practice. It will be of interest not only to those intending to undertake further study at MPhil and/or PhD level, but also to candidates wishing to update their knowledge of contemporary thinking in Theatre and Performance Studies.

MA structure: FULL TIME (1 YEAR)

MA structure: PART TIME (2 YEARS)

*These may include , IATL modules The Medical Mind in Literature and Culture, or Ways of Knowing: Gender, Bodies, Power; or appropriate modules from the Education department’s MA. The availability of modules will vary depending on term and year.

Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick Graduate Destinations:

The School has a long history of placing its MA students not only in its own PhD programmes but also in other highly esteemed programmes nationally and internationally; particularly the MA in International Performance Research which has run successfully with Erasmus Mundus support for some years. Some of our former PhD candidates have become successful practitioners, while others have used their qualifications to secure employment in the arts and creative industries and at international universities.

Graduates destinations include: Funded PhD Scholarships at Harvard University, the University of California (Berkeley and Davis), CUNY, Queen Mary and Royal Holloway (University of London), the University of Amsterdam, the University of Minnesota, Stellenbosch University in South Africa, amongst others; Artist Director, Motionhouse, Leamington Spa, UK; Project Manager, Arts in Health project funded by the European Social Fund, University of Tampere, Finland; Academic, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, UK; Academic, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt; Academic, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Warwick, UK; Academic, Department of Performance and Dance, Bucks New University, UK.

The course will start in October 2016. For further information please contact the Course Director Prof Jim Davis on