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MA in Theatre and Performance Research


The School of Theatre and Performance Studies & Cultural and Media Policy Studies has launched an exciting new MA in Theatre and Performance Research (MATPR). In this unique MA, you will interrogate the varied meanings, methodologies and productions of research undertaken by scholars of Theatre and Performance Studies. In addition, you will have the opportunity to analyse text, performance, and performativity through a range of current theoretical and methodological approaches, including practice.

The team of internationally renowned academics and specialists teaching on the MA have interests that range widely across a variety of topics - cities, national identity, citizenship, interculturalism, gender, trauma, popular culture, agriculture, socially-engaged creative practice and new technologies - investigated through lenses of theatre and performance. This MA will be of interest not only if you are intending to undertake further study at MPhil and/or PhD level, but also if you are seeking to update your knowledge of contemporary thinking in Theatre and Performance Studies.

Course duration

The MA in Theatre and Performance Research is a 12-month programme, following the University of Warwick academic calendar. You will register for one core module and one optional module in each of the autumn and spring terms and for the MA dissertation in summer term.


MATPR aims to familiarise you with research developments in specialist areas within the field of theatre and performance studies and to introduce, develop and challenge assumptions about theatre and performance. The MATPR programme will help you develop and enhance your theoretical knowledge about performance-related issues and it will add value to already existing skills bases.

The MATPR student

You will have a strong academic background and also an interest in or experience with creative practice in theatre and/or performance. You may still be in your final year of an undergraduate degree or have gone on to work in a performance-related or art-based profession or area. You therefore may wish to pursue a career in or add value to already existing skills in aspects of arts practice and curation, to work in cultural industries, or to pursue an academic career through advanced study, perhaps leading to a PhD. We welcome students just finishing their undergraduate degrees in performance-related or art-based disciplines and others who have worked in the arts or education in a range of roles.

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.

MA structure: full-time (1 year)

MA structure: part-time (2 years)

*These may include modules in taught MAs in the Centre for Education Studies, the Department of English and Comparative Literature and the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL). 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. 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:

For further information please contact the Course Director, s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk.

For more information about the MA please contact the Course Director, Dr Susan Haedicke: s dot haedicke at warwick dot ac dot uk.