September 2019 start

Theatre and Performance Studies

School of English, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Explore diverse forms of contemporary theatre with this practical course. You'll improve both your research and performance skills by working with practising theatre-makers and arts organisations, all whilst based in the UK's best theatre city outside of London.
Helen Monks poses for the camera in a theatre.

Course description

Enhance and consolidate your skills as a scholar-practitioner of performance. This practical course combines intensive studio-based research with rigorous academic study, emphasising current practice throughout.

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.

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

Our teaching team has strong links with many major venues, theatre companies and practitioners, with Sheffield previously named best theatre city outside London.

This course is well suited to professional theatre practitioners, graduates, teachers, and anyone who wishes to advance their creative abilities.

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Core modules

  • Text, 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.


You’ll be taught through practical workshops, productions and seminars.


You’ll be assessed on performance practice, written coursework and a dissertation.


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time
Image of Moe Shoji, postgraduate English Literature student

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 interest.

Moe Shoji
MA Theatre and Performance Studies

Entry requirements

Normally a good first degree (2:1 or above, or the equivalent) in theatre or a related discipline (eg history, philosophy, modern languages) as well as some direct experience of theatre practice.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 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.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses


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

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.