MA Theatre and Performance Studies

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Our MA courses give you the chance to explore the subjects you love with the guidance of leading researchers. The range of options available means you can design the masters you want.

Our staff are highly respected researchers, critics and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work hard to make sure your masters experience is as rich and rewarding as possible.

We believe the study of language, literature and art is vital to our wellbeing as a society. All our research, our teaching and our pioneering work with communities, reflects this ethos.

About the course

Explore diverse forms of contemporary theatre with this practical course. You’ll study areas including devised performance and live art, community and applied theatres, new playwriting, classic texts on the contemporary stage, and documentary and verbatim theatre.

Our teaching team has strong links with all the major venues and groups, with Sheffield recently named best theatre city outside London.

Improve both your research and performance skills by working with practising theatremakers and arts organisations. We have a fully equipped theatre workshop and studio spaces, a publicly licensed drama studio, and excellent editing and recording facilities.

Core modules

  • Texts, Politics and Performance
  • Issues in Contemporary Performance
  • Theatre Practice 1: practical research projects
  • Theatre Practice 2: independent practice
  • Dissertation of 15,000 or 9,000 words plus integrated practice component

Teaching

  • Practical workshops
  • Productions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Performance practice
  • Written coursework
  • A dissertation

Part-time study

Part-time students usually take one taught module in each semester. In the second year, you'll also take a dissertation module. For this course, you'll need to come in for at least one half-day per week.

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Moe Shoji, postgraduate in the School of English Literature


The course offers a unique curriculum – half theoretical and half practical. It offers a great opportunity for me to learn the way to incorporate theatre practice into research. The course has introduced a wide variety of contemporary performance that is totally new to me, which has broadened my interests.

Moe Shoji, MA Theatre and Performance Studies


Key facts

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

At least a 2:1 or the international equivalent in English, or a combined degree including a substantial element of English Literature.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.5 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

There are a number of studentships and fee bursaries available, funded by the University. Deadlines for funding applications are usually in winter/early spring. For details, see our website.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Cultural life

There is always something going on, and there are plenty of chances to get involved. We have extensive links with arts and heritage organisations including Arts Council England and Sheffield Theatres. Recent poetry readings featured Carol Ann Duffy and Ciaran Carson.

Our Arts/Science Encounters events bring together musicians, writers, architects and academics to explore ideas. The English Society, run by our students, organises theatre trips, guest lectures and seminars. Students also get the chance to take part in drama and readings.

Specialist resources

The University Library subscribes to the major periodicals and full-text electronic archives, including Early English Books Online and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online.

Special collections include an outstanding collection of Restoration drama, the Hope Collection of eighteenth-century periodicals, the Jack Rosenthal scripts collection, and papers of contemporary writers such as Anita Brookner, Marina Warner, Fay Weldon and Peter Redgrove.

Your career

Graduates go into teaching, management and consultancy, advertising, journalism, publishing, and all branches of the arts – especially theatre, film and creative writing. Our courses are also excellent preparation for a PhD.

Research training for PhD

If you intend to progress to a PhD, your course can be tailored to include essential research training. The same applies to students on the online course.

First-rate facilities

We're based in a brand new building at the heart of the campus. There are computer workstations especially for postgraduates and a DVD library with viewing facilities.

Our theatre workshop is a fully equipped teaching/performance area with excellent film-viewing facilities and audio suites.

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Dr Madeleine Callaghan
E: m.callaghan@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 8461